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There’s a Horrific Reason Why You Should Take Photos Of Your Hotel Room

…and it has nothing to do with tourism.

Do you take photos of your hotel room when you go out of town for a vacation?

You should.

While its the usual practice for camera-happy tourists to snap photos of their various destinations, hotel room photos may be low on the list. However, there’s a perfectly good reason to take pictures of your hotel room when you travel.

They may appear bland and ordinary compared to more interesting tourist attractions…

…but these photos can actually save a child’s life.

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Source: Iran Daily

And the connection?

There’s a free downloadable app that’s been created for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that allows you to upload snaps of your hotel room. Its called the TraffickCam app, and it helps authorities identify places where children may have been trafficked.

These photos of hotel rooms, uploaded to the app’s website TraffickCam.org, help pinpoint accommodations where traffickers have set up shop.

A perfectly normal hotel room can harbor a dark secret.

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Source: CNN

Trafficked children are often posed on hotel beds and photographed. The internet makes it easier for traffickers to use these photos in online advertisements targeted at sweatshop owners, brothels, and pedophiles.

It always ends badly for the victims.

They become unpaid laborers, or worse – sex slaves!

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In a bid to end child trafficking, sex trafficking, child exploitation and human trafficking of all kinds, police joined forces with Exchange Initiative. The E.I. is an organization created to help stop sex trafficking.

TraffickCam app resulted from this union, allowing authorities to easily identify hotel or motel rooms around the world. And to halt human trafficking once and for all.

Authorities compare these seemingly generic-looking rooms in the ads to the database of photos uploaded by the app’s users. When they pinpoint the exact rooms used, they immediately proceed to the crime scene, which brings them closer to recovering the victims and apprehending the perpetrators.

So far, TraffickCam’s database contains over 1.5 million hotel room photos from around the world.

Most of these crowdsourced from the app’s users.

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Source: Chron

So if you are out of town on business or on vacation, don’t forget to take photos of your hotel room and upload them to TraffickCam.

Who knows, the life you save may be your child’s own.

H/T: AOL and Exchange Initiative

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A blue shark suffered in the hands of a group of men in Punta Cana, some who are reportedly bodyguards who work for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which is just nearby.

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If You See This Hook In Public Restrooms and Hotel Rooms, Leave Immediately And Call 911!

If you spot this hook in a public restroom or hotel, leave immediately and contact the authorities.

Coat hooks are everywhere in hotels or even in public restrooms. They serve their purpose well by letting you hang your things while you are doing your business.

This item might be the most common thing you can see, but the reason why they aren’t a red flag to most people is the very reason why criminals are using them for their schemes.

New intel suggests that a coat hook can be the most terrifying thing you can encounter. It’s horrible to know that criminals have upped their game and used these unassuming items as spy cameras. Such spy cameras disguised as coat hook can be purchased at Amazon for only $12....

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The Great Pyramid of Giza has an imperfection that gives us a clue of how it was built.

The Great Pyramid of Giza — which was built 4,500 years ago — is located at Al Haram in the Giza Governorate of Egypt. It is considered one of the world's most distinguished landmarks. People have marveled over the sheer majesty of its construction.

The 455 foot-tall pyramid — which is also called the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops — is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the area's pyramid complex. It has the distinction of being the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It's also the only one to remain largely intact.

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