An app called Redlight Traffic wants to engage the public in the fight against human trafficking.
According to this report from King 5, “Greater Seattle is known to be one of the worst areas in America when it comes to human trafficking. Police say hundreds of children are worked every day in King County.”
Redlight Traffic enables people to safely report suspicious activity to authorities. It’s also collecting data to help authorities map problem areas and identify patterns.
The app was developed by Seattle-area husband and wife team, Amin and Jessica Haq. They told King 5 that it has “opened dozens of criminal investigations around the world,” and that over the last two years it has helped save 25 children from sex traffickers.
Free to download, users simply file reports of suspicious activity via the GPS-based app. It’s “discreet and anonymous,” and shares the reports with local law enforcement. It also allows users to send pictures, point out a problem area and answer questions from police. The app’s makers say it’s ideal for those who don’t want to call 911.