In 2015, 6877 cases of human trafficking were reported, out of which 3490 were children, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

 

The agency also reported that the number of human trafficking cases had increased by 38.3% in five years, from 2,848 cases in 2009 to 3,940 in 2013.

 

The problem, though, is not just limited to India. Worldwide, it’s the third most profitable source of profit for organised crime, after arms and drugs trafficking.

 

And one of the primary nexus of human trafficking is the hotel industry. The victims are often brought to hotel rooms and forced into commercial sex. It’s easy for both the traffickers and the sex buyers to operate in a hotel as it offers anonymity.

 

If this information is making you uncomfortable, here’s how you can help.

 

Be a Little Cautious When You’re Checking into Hotel Rooms

 

Often, perpetrators take explicit photos of children inside hotel rooms to advertise them. The photos can be found easily on the net but the challenge lies in detecting where they were taken.

 

This is where Traffickcam app comes in. It has been developed by researchers at Washington University and Exchange Initiative, a non-profit organisation that’s dedicated to fighting sex trafficking.

 

Traffickcam lets you upload four photos of any hotel room you’re staying in. It suggests that you take pictures from different angles so that most of the details are covered.

 

 

These photos are then added to a huge database that the police can use during investigation. The hotel-room photos of the victims are compared to the ones uploaded by Traffickcam users to identify their location.

 

As of June 2016, 1.5 million photos of 145,000 hotels in the U.S. Metropolitan have been uploaded.

 

Traffickcam app is offering a simple solution to track down human traffickers and save the victims. You can be a part of the solution by remembering to upload pictures of your hotel room every time you travel.

 

Download the app on iOS and Android.

 

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