Airbnb partners with anti-trafficking NGO to prevent sexual exploitation in its properties

Author: Kieran Guilbert, Global News (Canada), Published on: 6 March 2018

"Airbnb vows to crack down on sex traffickers using its properties as brothels," 18 February 2018

Airbnb said on Monday it would invest in new technology to crack down on modern slavery amid concerns that traffickers are turning its properties into “pop-up brothels” to sexually exploit vulnerable women and girls... [I]t has teamed up with anti-trafficking charity Polaris to train its employees, develop new systems and work with the police to spot signs of slavery and prevent people from being trafficked... “We’re taking a modern approach to combating modern slavery by leveraging the innovation of the sharing economy to better spot and stop potential exploitation ahead of time,” said Nick Shapiro, global head of trust and risk management at Airbnb... Airbnb’s anti-slavery push follows similar action by another sharing economy company – the ride-hailing app Uber – which last month said it would teach its drivers across the United States how to spot traffickers and their victims when they hail a car.

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