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TraffickCam: Deep Learning & Image Search to Combat Human Trafficking | Saint Louis University

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by Javia Gilliam
April 30, 2018
February 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venture Cafe Thursday Gathering (Havana)
4240 Duncan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110

Abby Stylianou, PhD Assistant Professor in Computer Science and with the Geospatial Institute at Saint Louis University will discuss the work she has done using computer visioning to solve human trafficking problems. Victims of sex trafficking are often photographed in hotel rooms for online advertisements of sex services. Identifying the hotels in these photographs is a top priority for trafficking investigators and prosecutors — they show where a victim has been trafficked previously and where their trafficker may move them or others in the future. Dr. Stylianou will describe TraffickCam, a mobile application that collects images of hotel rooms from the traveling public is currently used by over 200,000 individuals who upload photos specifically to help combat trafficking. The data from this app, combined with millions of publicly available images from travel websites, support a first in the world system for image search to identify hotels in trafficking imagery that we have deployed at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The talk will be followed with an opportunity to discuss the ethics about identifying humans in images and the risks associated.

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