AI has helped rescue children trafficked for sexual exploitation

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2193727-ai-has-helped-rescue-children-trafficked-for-sexual-exploitation/

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Investigators have to scour images of hotel rooms to find trafficked children

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One photo of a child in a hotel room can often be the only clue to a trafficked child’s whereabouts. An artificial intelligence is now helping investigators to identify these hotel rooms, leading to the rescue of a number of sexually exploited children.

Globally, an estimated 4.8 million people have been forced into sexual exploitation. More than 1 million are under 18.

In the US, exploited children often appear pictured in hotel rooms in online adverts. These images are found across dozens …