The objective of this project is to help stop human trafficking with technology and the use of our engineering knowledge. Human trafficking is forcing a person to perform an act of labor against their will—also known as modern slavery. This industry is worth $150 billion and devastates victims across the world. For the purpose of our project, we are focusing on helping victims in Florida. Traffickers often move and sell their victims in major Florida cities such as Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville. The aggressors violate, abuse and may kill their victims. Something must change to rescue these victims from a lifetime of slavery.
Our design allows for young adults being trafficked or abused to alert the police and get help. Apart from rescuing lives, this project intends to spread awareness about human trafficking in Florida’s panhandle to inform the public of the severity of this issue.
This design has two distinct units that work to identify and rescue victims. A hidden vending machine allows victims to alert the police discreetly when in danger. The vending machine takes the consent of the victim by having them use a fingerprint scanner to start the machine. Once the device has been activated, a disguised GPS tracker will be dispensed, and the police will be alerted.
The second part of our project is a digital poster with a camera to aid in identifying the user. This camera uses artificial intelligence to recognize the face of the user. Fingerprinting and facial recognition work together to build the profile of the user. This profile includes information about the date, time, and name of the user. This project aims to rescue trafficking and abuse victims from a lifetime of human trafficking.