End Human Trafficking Hackathon Third Place
Track Human Trafficking More Efficiently
Trafficking in persons, human trafficking,and modern slavery have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. $150 Billion dollars in illicit profits are made each year by forced labor in the private economy. These billions flood the formal market, corrupt the global economy, and taint purchases made by unwitting customers. Long and complex supply chains that cross multiple borders make it challenging to verify that goods and services sold every day are untouched by modern day slaves.
- DANY needs a way to better communicate with officers
- Officers don’t know what to do with the evidence they collect independently
We created a web application that facilitates communication between enforcement agencies by allowing officers to file real-time reports and compiling them into daily email digests for both the NYPD and HTRU. Each officer is identified by his or her Tax ID #, which allows agency personnel to contact them individually with any follow-up questions or concerns. An officer will be able to send his/her location, upload media, and enter specifics about the victim(s) and offender(s). All reports are stored on a database, sorted by time filed.
In designing this application, we placed a big emphasis on user experience. The interface is clear and intuitive, and the user has a lot of leeway within the guidelines given to provide as much information as he/she can. Our focus on two main features eliminates clutter, making this tool readily implementable without much training required.
We envision both agencies having access to this information, and being able to further filter by report criteria (ex: height, weight, gender) to identify multiple photos of the same subject. While we didn’t have time to implement Clarifai, we can also see really valuable implementations of that software to categorize and find files more efficiently through creating tags.