Microsoft & Seattle Against Slavery

Working together against sex trafficking

I've never heard of a chatbot.  Have you?  

An August 7, 2017 wired.com article talks about them and how they're used to discourage men that are looking online to purchase sex.  Wired.com says, "TECH COMPANIES PITCH chatbots to businesses as a way to keep customers coming back for more. A new bot built by Microsoft employees in their spare time is designed to do exactly the opposite."

Wired.com explains, "The chatbot, tested recently in Seattle, Atlanta, and Washington, lurks behind fake online ads for sex posted by nonprofits working to combat human trafficking, and responds to text messages sent to the number listed. The software initially pretends to be the person in the ad, and can converse about its purported age, body, fetish services, and pricing. But if a would-be buyer signals an intent to purchase sex, the bot pivots sharply into a stern message." 

"Microsoft employees built the bot in a philanthropic initiative called Project Intercept, in collaboration with nonprofits that hope it can reduce demand for sex workers, and the incentives for criminals to coerce people into the sex trade."  (Read the full article HERE.)

Technology used to fight trafficking!  Love it!
Sue Ann

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FreedomSunday 
is September 24, 2017


International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

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