Travelers can now fight human trafficking with a new app, TraffickCam. Developed by Exchange Initiative and Washington University, the app allows users to anonymously upload photos of hotel rooms and hotel data to assist investigators in identifying hotels appearing in photos posted by traffickers. In testing, the app is 85 percent accurate in identifying hotels and hotel information uploaded by travelers and matching it with hotels where potential traffickers could operate. The app uses small features such as carpet patterns, room furnishings and window views to make a positive match. “Law enforcement is always looking for new and innovative ways to recover victims, locate suspects and investigate criminal activity. The app created by Exchange Initiative will give law enforcement yet another technological tool to reach that goal in a quicker, more proficient manner when investigating cases involving human trafficking and child exploitation,” said Sergeant Adam Kavanagh, supervisor, St. Louis County Multi-Jurisdictional Human Trafficking Task Force. Currently, the TraffickCam database includes 1.5 million photos and more than 145,000 hotels all over the United States. The completely anonymous system retains only GPS locations from submissions received. The app was used by staff of Nix Conference & Meeting Management, the parent company of Exchange Initiative, while in development, but is just recently available to the public. “The first time we were able to help law enforcement identify a hotel where a trafficked child had been photographed, we realized that our travel experience was valuable in the fight against trafficking. Our pivotal moment for developing the app came when we couldn’t identify a motel room. We connected the vice squad with our associates in that city, but it took three days to find the girl. That seemed way too long, given today’s technology,” said Molly Hackett, principal, Exchange Initiative. “Criminals take advantage of technology to advertise and coordinate illegal sex trafficking. We’re using new technologies to fight trafficking, with this app that allows everyone to contribute data and with new image analysis tools to help law enforcement use the images in investigations,” said Dr. Robert Pless, professor of computer science and engineering, Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science.
A popular Virginia stay, Massanutten Resort, is getting a big update this summer. The resort originally opened its doors in 2006.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
JetBlue kicked off service to Guadeloupe (PTP) this month. Flights began Feb. 1 from New York City (JFK). JetBlue is the only airline to offer flights between the Northeast and the Caribbean island. Flights are around four and a half hours.
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Falling asleep in economy class can be a test of flexibility and patience, often depending on how tired you are. No matter how many ways your body contorts to sleep sitting upright, it’s hard to avoid the dreaded head drop, from little to no head support, that can easily jerk you (and your neighbor) awake.
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Heathrow Airport built a “bespoke set of anti-drone systems” around its airfield. The system, created by U.K.-based firm Operational Solutions, detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace. The “new and innovative” system can also locate drone pilots and show their location.