Fight Human Trafficking Electronically: Download an App and Make a Difference
Cellphones that were once only used for phone calls have evolved in smartphones — supercomputers that deliver results. And while there is an ongoing debate regarding the importance of these devices, and their interruption of face-to-face social interaction, the tremendous technological solutions downloaded within these handheld devices cannot be argued, especially when placed in the proper hands.
There are technology warriors in this world who design and implement solutions with the sheer purpose of only helping others. These individuals and companies are championing the idea of making a difference by providing the tools we need to aid in their crusade: Ending human trafficking. Now, we can all join the fight with a simple app download.
The STOP APP
Developed by: stopthetraffik.org
How Can the STOP APP Help?
The STOP APP is designed to empower uses to complete easy-fill forms with information regarding suspected human trafficking activity. It even includes a feature that allows the user to upload a video, and up to three photos of the circumstances they are reporting.
Once the files are uploaded, additional information is collected through easy-to-use forms requesting:
- Who was observed
- What was observed
- Where they were observed
The information is added to the STOP THE TRAFFIK’s database and shared with the proper authorities.
Developed by: https://traffickcam.com/
How Can the TraffickCam App Help?
Human trafficking victims are often ushered through hotel rooms throughout the world, as part of the abusive patterns they are subjected to by the evil minds holding them hostage. Law enforcement authorities, including the FBI review images of human trafficking victims who are advertised by their abusers, scouring the pictures, notable surroundings, and any identifiable objects or signs that will provide a hint of their location.
Enter the TraffickCam App. When the app is downloaded, it allows users to take simple pictures of the hotel rooms they stay in when traveling, and seamlessly allows them to be uploaded to the app’s database. The image will include a GPS tag of the location and stores it with the images. When traffickers upload pictures of their captives in hotel rooms, the images are analyzed against the photos uploaded by TraffickCam app users. When there is a match, law enforcement can move in on the exact location. With an 85% success rate, the FBI implores travelers to continue saving lives all over the world by simply uploading images of the locations where they are already staying.
Developed by: http://www.thelifeboatproject.org/
How Can the ACT! App Help?
ACT! is an app that provides users, ages 11-14, with information on how to identify the signs of human trafficking while unveiling an eye-opening truth: Loved ones can be affected by this crisis. The interactive movements of the app allow users to roleplay as two individuals who witness their friend being manipulated into becoming a human trafficking victim.
With a focus on education and interactive solutions, the functionality allows users to:
- Identify red flags in their surroundings
- Recognize legitimate reasons for suspicion
- Connect with virtual law enforcement to understand the next steps to reporting suspicions
- Research references that provide answers on the realities of human trafficking and how they can help
Everyone can play a role in stopping human trafficking, and ACT! provides an educational way for students to connect with their role in safely traversing society’s darkest sides.
How Can I Download the App? iTunes Apple
Truckers Against Trafficking
Developed by: http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/
How Can the Truckers Against Trafficking App Help?
Truckers Against Trafficking has developed an app that allows the 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States to identify and report information related to human trafficking. In doing so, they are inviting the far-reaching trucking industry into the forefront of playing an active role in saving the lives of victims who may otherwise go unnoticed in travel plazas and truck stops across the country.
The app invites anyone in the trucking industry to partner with the local authorities and the FBI to recover victims by reporting suspicious activities. Packed with information about human trafficking and red flag indicators, truckers and trucking industry professionals — from gas station attendants whose services are frequented by commercial vehicles to warehousing employees who can potentially identify large spaces being used for more than storage — can help save lives by understanding the signs of human trafficking and reporting them to the proper law enforcement officials.
Busing on the Lookout
Developed by: http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/bus-training/
How Can the Busing on the Lookout App Help
The Truckers Against Trafficking leaders have expanded their fight against human trafficking to include bus drivers and bus station employees throughout the country. The app works like their trucking version, allowing members of the busing industry, including school buses and commercial buses, to identify the physical and behavioral patterns of abused individuals being trafficked across the country. The unique position of individuals in the busing industries can help authorities identify traffickers and victims, while supplying the necessary help to frightened individuals who may be using the bus service as an escape route.
TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Line
Developed by: Airline Ambassadors International
How Can the TIP Line App Help?
Airline Ambassadors International TIP Line is named directly after the U.S. Department of State TIP Line that allows everyday citizens to understand human trafficking at its most basic, and important levels, through the victims’ behavioral patterns while traveling. This app focuses on aiding airline industry professionals in identifying abusive persons and their captive victims and reporting their existence on flights around the world.
The information submitted should include:
- The airline’s name, flight number, and passenger seat numbers
- Departure and arrival cities, and estimated time of arrival
- Whether the individual(s) are currently in-flight
- The identities of those being reported, including the names of the suspected traffickers and their victims, as provided on the flight manifest
- Physical descriptions of individuals involved
- Additional information from events witnessed or overheard in flight
All suspicions regarding human trafficking can be reported to ensure that everyone is safe when their flight lands at their destination.
How Can I Download the App? Google Play
BAN Human Trafficking!
Developed by: http://banhumantrafficking.com/en/
How Can the BAN Human Trafficking! App Help?
Like the ACT! app, this BAN allows users to learn more about the dangers of human trafficking, and how to spot signs of exploitation through an interactive exercise, including identifying red flags through:
- Physical appearances
- Personal belongings, or lack thereof
- Movement control
These key distinctions help identify victims and traffickers and delivers advice on how these circumstances can be reported to the proper authorities.
How Can I Download the App? Google Play
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SMARTPHONE, BUT WOULD LIKE TO REPORT SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKING CIRCUMSTANCES, ABUSERS, OR VICTIMS, LOG ON TO THE WEBSITES FROM YOUR COMPUTER OR CONTACT THE FOLLOWING HELPLINES BY PHONE FOR DIRECTION.
TRUST YOUR GUT, REPORT SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR, AND ALLOW THE PROPER AUTHORITIES TO INVESTIGATE THE CLAIM. TOGETHER, WE CAN SAVE LIVES.
Text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 233733