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UBER joins ECPAT-USA in Protecting Children from Exploitation and Trafficking

New York, NY (April 20, 2016) – ECPAT-USA is proud to announce a partnership with Uber Technologies Inc. to take a stand against the commercial sexual exploitation of children by signing the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) for initial implementation in the United States.

Concert for Freedom!

Please join Ariana, Emma and Friends on July 9th to raise money and awareness for ECPAT-USA through music! They will once again return to the stage at the Bitter End to put on an amazing rock show, using their time and talents to combat trafficking! Donations accepted at the door or online: Crowdrise - 2nd Annual Concert for Freedom
  • When: Saturday July 9th, 5-7pm
  • Where: Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, NYC

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The Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism is the most thorough, up-to-date and authoritative look at the issue of sexual exploitation of children in many years. It was conceived as a report describing how and why children are vulnerable to traveling sex offenders, but its in-depth analysis goes beyond looking at travel and tourism links and provides a description of the environmental, community, personal, political, social and cultural considerations that make children vulnerable to exploitation. It shows how the ills of society like crime, poverty and corruption impact families and communities, and how those problems link directly to making children vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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Travelers use TraffickCam app to fight sex trafficking by uploading hotel room photos to national database

Travelers use TraffickCam app to fight sex trafficking by uploading hotel room photos to national database
ST. LOUIS, MO – Travelers can help in the fight against sex trafficking by using a new, free mobile app called TraffickCam to anonymously photograph hotel rooms and upload data to a national database used by law enforcement and investigators to locate victims and their pimps.

TraffickCam was developed by the social action organization Exchange Initiative and researchers at Washington University. The app is available for iPhone and iPad at the App Store (bit.ly/TraffickCamApp) and for Android devices at Google Play (bit.ly/TraffickCamAndroid).

Sex trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that forces children and adults to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Most victims are recruited when they are just 12 to 14 years old, coerced through drugs, violence, debt bondage and intimidation. According to UNICEF, at least 300,000 American children and 1.2 million children worldwide are sex trafficked each year.

TraffickCam allows any traveler with a smartphone to help fight sex trafficking by uploading photos of their hotel room to an enormous, constantly updated database of hotel room images. Federal, state and local law enforcement securely submit photos of sex trafficking victims posed in hotel rooms to TraffickCam. Features such as patterns in the carpeting, furniture, room accessories and window views are matched against the database of traveler images to provide law enforcement with a list of potential hotels where the photo may have been taken. Early testing showed that the app is 85 percent accurate in identifying the correct hotel in the top 20 matches.
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Our Mission

To protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ECPAT-USA does this in four primary ways:
ECPAT-USA advocates for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution;
ECPAT-USA promotes corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.
ECPAT-USA educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.
ECPAT-USA empowers youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this terrible trade.

ECPAT-USA is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. ECPAT-USA belongs to an international network of organization in 80 countries, all working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children.