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$100,000 matching gift supports TraffickCam app to fight human sex trafficking

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, a community of Catholic women religious and associates, has donated a $100,000 matching gift to support the ongoing development of TraffickCam, the free anti-trafficking smartphone app that has taken social media, the traveling public and the tech world by storm. Donations will support the ongoing development of the…

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Travelers use TraffickCam app to fight sex trafficking by uploading hotel room photos to national database

ST. LOUIS, MO – Travelers can help in the fight against sex trafficking by using a new, free mobile app called TraffickCam to anonymously photograph hotel rooms and upload data to a national database used by law enforcement and investigators to locate victims and their pimps. TraffickCam was developed by the social action organization Exchange Initiative and researchers at Washington…

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Nix Conference & Meeting Management Honored for Efforts to Prevent Child Sex Trafficking

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Nix Conference & Meeting Management has been honored as a 2014 Top Member by the internationally recognized Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) for their “exceptional work to integrate child protection practices into their business.” Nix is one of just 13 U.S. companies and 43 worldwide to receive the honor. “Nix and the other Top…

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Roundtable: Wi-Fi essential; photobooths keep meetings fresh

Corporate event planning has become enhanced and energized by the use of new technology, allowing for, among other things, use of online registration systems, photobooths and promotional tools. Local planners are focused on getting lots of feedback and using new technology to keep meetings fresh. Here’s what you can expect at your next meeting. Jane Quinn, principal with Nix Conference…

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Cost and Value of Hiring a Meeting Planner

How Do Commissions and Discounts Impact Your Bottom Line? How much is your third-party meeting planner costing you? And how would you know? The independent conference and meeting planning industry offers a smorgasbord of pricing options – “no cost” site selection, hourly rates, fixed fees and percentage fees based on the total bill. Plus there are hotel commissions, negotiated discounts…

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St. Louis hosts human trafficking conference

A national conference on human trafficking is bringing together activists, law enforcement and business leaders in St. Louis this week. Ignite: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking began Sunday night and continues through Tuesday. Featured speakers include Republican Congresswoman Ann Wagner of St. Louis County and Rep. Ted Poe of Texas. Both are sponsors of proposed federal legislation to enhance services…

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U.S. Congressional Legislators to Address Sex Trafficking at IGNITE Conference in St. Louis March 2 – 4

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Influential legislators U.S. Congresswoman Ann Wagner and U.S. Congressman Ted Poe will speak at “IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking” from March 2 – 4 at the St. Louis Union Station DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. IGNITE, sponsored by the new social action organization Exchange Initiative, is the first national conference to address the sex trafficking issue…

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Meeting Industry Brings Human Trafficking to Forefront

With the world’s sporting spotlight set to shine brightly on New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on February 2, the 82,500-seat gladiatorial cauldron will slowly fill with fans drawn from coast to coast for Super Bowl XLVIII. Shaping up to be the greatest NFL spectacle yet, some well-drilled traffic management will need to be deployed to ensure the armies of travelling Denver…

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