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Expert warns virtual police may need to patrol Metaverse to stop human trafficking

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According to a human trafficking expert, virtual police may need to patrol the metaverse to protect users from abuse.

International human trafficking expert Matthew Friedman commented in a recent article for the South China tomorrow post.

Friedman wrote: “Safety precautions must be taken to prevent vulnerable individuals from being harassed or placed in exploitative situations.

“Users need to be educated about the potential of human trafficking.

“To keep these worlds safe, online police may need to patrol the area and uncover human rights abuses before confronting perpetrators in real life.”

Friedman is currently the chief executive officer of the Mekong Club, which fights human trafficking in Asia.

The Hong Kong-based organization is now investigating how it could help fight human traffickers in the virtual world of the Metaverse.

Friedman believes it is essential that organizations like his own be able to help companies like Meta and Microsoft build virtual worlds.

The Mekong Club has already used virtual reality to give people an insightful look at the crimes of sex trafficking and forced labor without exposing themselves to physical danger.

Although you enter the metaverse As a virtual avatar, experts fear that avatars could be maintained.

This nurturing could lead to devastating real-world consequences for someone outside of the virtual world.

Concerns about sexual assault within the metaverse have already been raised.

Earlier this year, a woman told a harrowing experience in VR, which made her feel hurt and unsafe.

in one Medium sized blog postNina Patel, 43, describes being “verbally and sexually harassed” in Facebook’s Metaverse.

Upon entering the Horizon Venues Metaverse experience, Patel said she was approached “within 60 seconds” of entering the lobby area.

Her avatar – intended to reflect her real appearance – was quickly surrounded by three to four male avatars with male voices.

“I was verbally and sexually harassed,” she recalls, adding that her inappropriate behavior took a dark turn.”

“[They] virtually raped my avatar and took pictures – when I tried to get away they yelled, ‘don’t pretend you didn’t love it’ and ‘go rub yourself down on the photo’.”

She describes the ordeal as “surreal” and a “nightmare.”

Nina Patel isn’t the only one who has experienced sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in-game.

the Ratings for Horizon Venues paints a similarly shabby picture and currently has 2.5/5 stars as a result.

This article originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/expert-warns-virtual-police-may-need-to-patrol-metaverse-to-stop-human-trafficking/ Expert warns virtual police may need to patrol Metaverse to stop human trafficking

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