Va. hackathon participants create tools to combat human trafficking

WASHINGTON — Sexual slavery can happen anywhere — even in the D.C. area, and efforts are underway to combat it.

A local technology strategy firm gathered technology companies, government agencies, and experts for a hackathon challenge at George Mason University during the weekend.

The Expedition Hacks series brought together techies and tech companies, federal agencies, experts and others to try to make a dent in this highly profitable global criminal industry.

Participants were charged creating innovative tools to combat human trafficking.

It’s the Tysons. Virginia-based company’s first event that was held near home.

“We had a retired police officer from Fairfax County a detective in human trafficking,” said Christine Jung, president of Blue Compass and creator of Expedition Hacks.

Jung said some information about the extent of local human trafficking was surprising to…

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