We all know that “the cloud” can help us get organized and work more efficiently, but did you know it can also combat trafficking victimization?
The team at youthSpark recently launched a technology-based program designed to address the problem of sex trafficking right at the source: men who buy young people for sex. The program is called Demand Tracker, and while it looks like a simple website, there’s much more going on behind-the-scenes.
youthSpark doesn’t have any software engineers on staff, but that’s no longer as big of a barrier in today’s technology landscape. By combining together a handful of cloud-based services, namely Airtable and Zapier, the youthSpark staff was able to create an automated system that deters tens of thousands of prospective trafficking offenders before they potentially harm a young person. Both Airtable and Zapier enable allow non-programmers to do amazing feats of software engineering, and at a fraction of the price of paying for professional developers.