(KTVI) -- Snapping a picture inside your hotel room could help protect children across the globe.
The TraffickCam app enables travelers to submit pictures of hotel rooms around the world. The images are matched against a national database used by police.
“You just enter your hotel room, and your room number. You take four pictures, and you submit them to the website,” Washington University researcher and TraffickCam developer Abby Stylianou said. “And then those become part of the pipeline that law enforcement can use to track down where the victims are being trafficked.
“Right now there are pictures posted every day. Hundreds of pictures, in every city around the United States, posted online, that show victims of trafficking, in hotel rooms posed on beds,” she said.
Hotel photos submitted by travelers will allow police to query the database to determine where the pictures of victims were taken.
TraffickCam now has more than 1.5 million images of hotels across the world, thanks to support from the public.