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New app aims to help fight human trafficking


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A new tool is being used to fight human trafficking. The technology could help authorities identify where a victim is being kept even if its across the country.

It's called Traffic Cam. The free app asks users to upload four pictures of their room every time they stay at a hotel.  The pictures are then added to a database to keep track of what rooms look like all over the country. Fierce Freedom, a local nonprofit that fights human trafficking, told News 18 the app is one way for people to help the cause.

"So often people feel like this is something that's so beyond their reach, that they don't know what to do," Jodi Emerson of Fierce Freedom said. "Just simply taking a picture is one thing, but the awareness that comes with it too, there's so many things that are happening in the world today that police can't be everywhere they can't do everything.  And so we need to help them by being the eyes and ears as much as we can."

Fierce Freedom says they are also working with hotels throughout the area to create some kind of training so all hotel staff know the signs of human trafficking.

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