Phone App Against Sex Trafficking

Funded through a startup grant from the Seattle Kiwanis Memorial Fund, Redlight Traffic is launching a first-of-its-kind app for iPhones and Androids that will funnel citizens’ anonymous tips on suspected prostitution activities to law enforcement through a secure website that can only be accessed by police officers.

The idea behind the app is to help fill two glaring gaps: Teach citizens how to identify signs of sex-trafficking and give them an easy way to do something about it; and provide law enforcement with data that can potentially help officers rescue victims and build criminal cases against pimps and men who pay for sex.

Through the app citizens will be able to report their suspicions, upload photos and GPS locations, and provide information on a business, vehicle or person — whether that person is a suspected prostitute, pimp or buyer. Officers will be able to search and review individual reports and view a map of all reported incidents in an area.

To help spread the word, Redlight Traffic is partnering with a nonprofit network of 2,700 police chaplains across the country.

Learn more at Sara Jean Green’s The Seattle Times article: Sex-trafficking app to tip off police.


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