Defiance College Students Develop Software to Save Human Trafficking Victims

DEFIANCE, OH- A professor at Defiance College says that thousands of women and children become victims of human trafficking each year. He and several of his students created a software program to help save some of those victims. They demonstrated their prototype in front an audience today. The software is designed to trace human trafficking ads on the internet by using photos.

“The Defiance College student project FAGIN (Facial Analysis to Gain Information Now) will identify and locate children being sold for sex online and aid law enforcement in bringing them to safety. Once fully implemented, this project integrates portable code developed with existing, commercially available facial analysis technology to automatically navigate and search through web subpages to extract and compare images from online sex ads to images of missing children. In turn, this will provide probable cause and admissible evidence sufficient to trigger intervention and investigation by law enforcement.”

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Mercy Investment Services works with Truckers Against Trafficking

This year, Mercy Investment Services has been monitoring three trucking firms on resolutions filed last year. Mercy Investments learned that more than 3,000 drivers have received certification by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) and are serving as eyes and ears across U.S. highways. In addition, companies have supported TAT financially and are addressing the issue in their newsletters. One of the firms, Con-way, released a story where one of its drivers reported a suspicious incident.

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World’s Largest Flight Attendant Union Leads Charge against Human Trafficking on Airplanes

WASHINGTONJune 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) calls on the aviation industry to join forces to abolish human trafficking on our planes. The union is raising awareness and calling for mandatory training for all Flight Attendants to recognize and report human trafficking.

As the world’s largest flight attendant union, AFA is speaking out for Flight Attendants everywhere who have the ability to make a major impact in combating this heinous crime.

“There are 4 million innocent victims who are trafficked world-wide each year, and many of those victims are transported on our planes,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “Recently I spoke with a human trafficking victim about her journey to a hidden dungeon. Alicia Kozakiewicz’s abductor stopped for a moment to pay a toll and she had hope for just a second. As tears streamed down her face, she begged with her eyes to be recognized and saved. But no recognition came and Alicia journeyed on to incredible torture and pain. I can’t help but wonder how many times I may have been working a flight when someone needed me to recognize them. To save them from pain.”

“Many Flight Attendants have spent sleepless nights after having witnessed something that just didn’t feel right on their flight, but without the proper tools to act,” Nelson explained. “No more. As aviation’s first responders, we are charged with the safety, health and security of the passengers in our care. Traffickers steal lives. But for a window of time, we can see it, report it and law enforcement can bring justice. This crime is happening right in front of us. If we fail to act, we are accepting modern day slavery.”

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FIFA Play Ball: Help End Modern Slavery in Qatar

Migrant workers in Qatar are living, working and dying in modern slavery to bring the world the 2022 World Cup. FIFA must use its influence over Qatar to improve the working conditions for these workers.Squalid, overcrowded accommodation. Brutally long days working in the blistering heat. Regular abuses of rights such as having passports withheld or being lied to about the nature of promised work.1

This is the everyday reality for migrant workers in Qatar helping to bring us the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Worse still, recent reports show that workers from Nepal and India are dying in record numbers on Qatari construction sites since the country won its World Cup bid.2

FIFA has pledged to do more to improve the “unacceptable” situation for workers on World Cup-related projects,3 but these words have yet to be followed by action.

Call on FIFA to take responsibility for awarding the World Cup to a country with historic issues of worker exploitation and forced labour. FIFA President Sepp Blatter must use his influence over World Cup organisers to ensure all future World Cups are slavery free, including Qatar as a top priority.

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LCWR Action Alert: Urge Your Congress Person to Vote YEA on H.R. 2100

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We expect H.R. 2100: Girls Count Act of 2015 to be brought to the floor of the House for a vote sometime this week.

Please contact your representative today and ask him or her to vote YEA on the Girls Count Act!

The Girls Count Act would help to protect young children around the world, especially girls, who are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking and child marriage. More specifically, it would support birth registration and other legal documentation of children around the world. The legislation also authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development to build governments’ capacities to increase girls’ access to education, property rights, and other means of economic security.

Approximately 230 million children under the age of five don’t have a birth certificate. Without a birth certificate, it’s nearly impossible to participate fully in society. And yet this is precisely what all children deserve – authentic development: the ability to fully contribute their gifts in their societies and to become the people God intended them to be.

We know that education paves the way for authentic development. Helping children to access education and other necessary support services protects their dignity and reduces their vulnerabilities.

Please call your representative today, and ask him or her to vote YEA on the Girls Count Act: 888-562-8232