To say in a nutshell, it can be said that human trafficking is a pretty big issue in today’s world. This has actually started affecting us all either directly or indirectly. Here are some of the warnings that cops are giving so as to be safe and even ensure the safety of others around us. So, we suggest you go through the given lines in a very thorough manner that will prove really beneficial to all of us. After all, the process of eradicating something big comes with a small single step and an initiation from each and every one of us.
In the United States alone there are more than one million people who are actually enslaved today. What is more, many of them were brought into the country just by smugglers who specialize not in drugs, but actually in human trafficking.
According to the United States State Department, every year more or less between 600,000 and 800,000 people are actually trafficked across the borders of the country, half of them are children and almost 8 out of 10 such people are female. They are a fraction of the total estimated 21 million people who have been trafficked all around the globe according to the UNICEF, and demand for slavery and even cheap labor has been steadily increasing day by day.
The very common place where this heinous crime generally occurs is statistically shown to be in most of the hotel rooms. The traffickers often happen to take pictures of their victims for various advertising purposes, which soon alert law enforcement officials of the activity. However, sometimes law enforcement officials even just receive one tiny clue or just a small glimpse of a picture of a hotel bathroom, or a hotel living room area of where the crime is actually happening at. This is where the public can usually step in and help out the law enforcement.
The world can really be a pretty scary place. However, something that is as simple as taking a photo with your own cell phone camera can actually help make a big difference. So, next time you go on a vacation, you just need to simply take four pictures of the hotel room you are staying at, list what hotel you are staying at, as well as the actual room number, and then upload the information to an app on your cell phone. The pictures that you take could be a big clue for law enforcement to actually narrow down where someone is actually being held captive for the time being, or it can even prevent future trafficking situations from happening.
Part of what actually makes human trafficking so hard to detect and even investigate is that victims are constantly being moved around here and there. Traffickers seldom stay in one particular spot, instead, they keep on changing the locations frequently so as to evade the law enforcement and hence make it super hard for the law enforcement authorities to track them down. That is also why they use the hotel rooms. Not only do hotels help a lot to afford criminals easy and convenient places to hide, but they are also perfect because rooms can be paid for in cash only. Statistics actually show that the majority of all the trafficking crimes generally take place in many hotel rooms. When the traffickers bring their victims to a new hotel room they usually take a picture of them and then upload it online as a type of advertisement. That is where the TraffickCam App comes into play actually.
TraffickCam just takes the user submitted photos of their hotel rooms and then compiles them into an efficient, comparative search database. When traffickers soon post their photos online, authorities can easily search them against the database and therefore use it pretty easily to try and find a match. Everything in the photos that app users submit, from the wallpaper patterns, artwork, carpeting and the view outside the windows can be used to actually match and easily find where traffickers pictures were first taken.
Here is how it works: Download the free app to your smartphone and the next time you are going to stay at a hotel snap 4 quick pictures of your own room. When you are submitting them you just need to include the name of the hotel you are actually staying at and also the room number. You can do this when you are just leaving and these images are finally added to the database. One day in the future, your picture could actually help to identify and then locate victims and their traffickers too. It only takes less than a minute and yet it may even make all the difference in the world to someone who is out there who desperately needs help.
We would request you to watch the accompanying video for more information on the human trafficking epidemic and how the TraffickCam app actually works. You should be sure to pass this along to friends and even your family as well.
The more people who download this very app and then actively take pictures of their hotel rooms, the more chances we all have to try and save lives of these entrapped people. This app can help a lot stop human trafficking for good, but we have to do our part and that is by taking the time to install it and also use it properly, in order to help stop this global crime from happening to our women, men, and children out there who are actually in need of our help.