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Police Now Urge To Take A Photo Of Your Hotel Room As Soon As You Enter One

Written by Gavin Lee
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Police now want you to take a picture of your hotel room, and it’s not because of all those ‘fluids’ that CSI showed every time they pulled out a blacklight. In the United States alone, over 5700 human trafficking cases have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline this year, an all-time high. Rough estimates put the number of victims involved in some kind of trafficking worldwide at over 20 million.

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Victims, mostly young children, are sold into slavery where they are forced to do unspeakable things for their entire lives. In the US, much of this trafficking happens in hotel rooms where photos are taken of a potential slave and then put up for auction to the highest bidder.

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According to Thorn, a tech company dedicated to developing ways to fight child abduction and exploitation, 75% of underage human trafficking victims were advertised or sold online. While the images are carefully taken as to not include any hints of the abductor, police have an idea for how to help catch the criminals.

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Abby Stylianou, a Washington State University researcher, has developed an app called TraffickCam that compares photos submitted by regular hotel customers to those taken by human trafficking suspects. It automatically matches backgrounds, patterns and furniture placements to help track the suspects.

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According to Thorn, a tech company dedicated to developing ways to fight child abduction and exploitation, 75% of underage human trafficking victims were advertised or sold online. While the images are carefully taken as to not include any hints of the abductor, police have an idea for how to help catch the criminals.

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Abby Stylianou, a Washington State University researcher, has developed an app called TraffickCam that compares photos submitted by regular hotel customers to those taken by human trafficking suspects. It automatically matches backgrounds, patterns and furniture placements to help track the suspects.

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