But new digital-age conveniences such as Uber, which pimps may use to transport sex workers without themselves being seen, can be part of the solution."Drivers are the ones who will be able to get a sense of whether there is threatening behavior, so it's important they know what to do," says Bradley Miles, CEO of Polaris, who adds that reporting by Uber drivers can help the organization add critical information to its database of 40,000 cases.
There is evidence that a growing participation in this effort by a range of hospitality-oriented companies is helping make a dent in human trafficking, which affects some 21 million people worldwide, according to the International Labour Organization.
"It helps solves crimes."Foust has a long arrest history.
She says she felt called to action after her own encounter with human rights violations.
An area of particular focus for new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is drivers, who previously had a sour relationship with former CEO Travis Kalanick.
Uber has spent the past six months instituting a variety of driver-oriented changes ranging from establishing a hotline for questions to adding a tipping option.
Two older women started talking to the younger one about what sounded like an impending sex-for-money encounter.
Susan Fowler was, she recalls, “over the moon” in January 2016. “Did you read that interview with the CEO, Travis, where he talked about how Uber helps him get girls? I could never use his product.” Fowler smiles ruefully at the memory during her first interview since she became instantly famous.