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Local university using technology to help fight human trafficking

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A local university is hoping to help law enforcement crack down on human trafficking.

According to the Department of Justice, St. Louis is a hub for human trafficking, but there is no centralized data base that quantifies or even maps the problem. That’s where Dr. Rumi Price from Washington University School of Medicine comes in. She and her team along with the University of Missouri – Columbia are working to map it out.

“It’s been a problem for over 10 years,” said Dr. Price.

Price said without the data, there’s no way to know exactly how large scale the problem is. Putting together factors such as poverty, a racial divide and the bi-state region, St. Louis is fertile ground for one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the country.

Price hopes the mapping will help law enforcement target the traffickers.

“They are really kind of randomly searching from what they hear, and that’s been very difficult,” said Price.

The mapping is in the early stages and she also hopes to develop an app that would connect human trafficking victims with available resources.

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