And here’s another positive example of face recognition: It’s being used to help find victims of human trafficking. Marinus Analytics’s Traffic Jam tool scrapes images from websites where, say, online escort ads might be found, and cross-references those with any image databases of missing persons. The scraping is constant, which means even deleted ads can be tracked. It’s currently available to law enforcement agencies. With more than 40.3 million people estimated to be caught up in modern slavery, according to the International Labor Association, it’s hard to argue against putting facial recognition and its ability to search for victims at scale on the problem.
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