TRIPCHAT APP Draws National Attention: First Mobile App Featuring Action Button for Human Trafficking Prevention Women-owned Louisiana Business Joins Forces Nationally With Operation Underground Railroad, Pop-A-Lock and Louisiana Secretary of State's N
LAFAYETTE, LA. – GWBD LLC, dba TripChat Global, a business founded by Louisiana entrepreneurs Nicole Quinlan and Ali Landry providing an ingenious travel and tourism mobile app, is the first in the travel industry that includes a feature connecting users directly to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The app is an innovative disruptor in the travel/marketing industry, providing highly effective and affordable branding and advertising for businesses.
TripChat features proprietary audio billboards featuring geo-fencing technology delivering curated stories and images about the culture, history, business and attractions that surround users as they travel.
TripChat answers life curiosities, boosts the economy through real time details of attractions and experiences available nearby.
Ali Landry is famous as an actress, model, and founder of RE/SHAPE Lifestyle platform, and former Miss USA. She partnered with Quinlan, to create a way to share Louisiana's rich cultural heritage, featuring both engaging stories and images.
“I am so thrilled to be launching TripChat in my beautiful home state of Louisiana, sharing our history and culture with all those who visit, said Landry. "With a family that loves adventure and travel, TripChat allows us to explore both new and familiar places. These stories bring our beautiful world to life.”
“Consumers now rely heavily on technology to navigate their lives, creating a demand for innovative solutions that provides consumer confidence,” explains Quinlan. The company's founders chose to feature their new mobile app launch as a platform to raise awareness about Human Trafficking Prevention during a private screening of the movie "Sound of Freedom," on March 7, 2022 prior to the premier and national release scheduled for September 2022.
The "Sound of Freedom" is a gripping and heart stopping biographical action drama documenting the heroic human trafficking rescue missions of Timothy Ballard, as an agent with the Office of Homeland Security who later founded Operation Underground Rescue (O.U.R.), an international human trafficking prevention and rescue organization.
“We applaud TripChat, their founders and the entire TripChat team for their efforts to put the use of technology to good! Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises on the earth. In order to put an end to it, we need individuals like these to rise up and use their own talents to help put an end to this horrific plaque. This will be a great tool that will make a major impact in the fight against human trafficking and exploitation,” said Ballard at the preview of the movie.
Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin and national sponsor Pop-A-Lock were among the distinguished guests of state elected official, local leaders and business owners partnering with TripChat.
“I’m proud to announce our partnership with TripChat, along with the launch of the Louisiana Businesses Against Trafficking program. Our goal is to help Louisiana business owners become the first line of defense by teaching them its signs, and the devastating effects of human trafficking,” said Ardoin.
Pop-A-Lock CEO Don Marks has seen the growth of TripChat's development and was eager to support the app for a variety of reasons related to their proprietary audio billboards, focus on safety and family travel opportunities. Since it’s founding in the early 90’s, Pop-A-Lock’s has provided free emergency unlocking services, which has rescued over 350,000 children.
"Now, with just one click of a button, users can be connected to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Pop-A-Locks National dispatch center, said Quinlan. TripChat envisions this connection will create a network of heroes, by allowing for an easy way to report any suspected human trafficking activity or to request emergency roadside and unlocking assistance”.
“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will," said Attorney General Jeff Landry. "From learning the signs of human trafficking to reporting suspected trafficking, we can all do our parts to save victims’ lives and bring criminals to justice.”
TripChat is a free mobile app available compatible with Apple and Google.
For more information about TripChat and to download the app: https://tripchatapp.com