An anonymous ER doctor treated a woman who claimed she had a tracking chip embedded in her body. At first he disbelieved her -- lots of people suffer from delusions that they have implanted microchips -- but then she showed him the suture.
The woman was had been enslaved by a pimp who'd implanted an RFID chip of the sort used to locate lost pets.
It's not clear to me what the enslaver hoped to gain by this -- an RFID chip is useful for identifying something you have possession of, but it won't let you track down things if you don't know where they are. There's no such thing as an implanted tracking radio.
“It was a small glass capsule with a little almost like a circuit board inside of it,” he said. “It's an RFID chip. It's used to tag cats and dogs. And someone had tagged her like an animal, like she was somebody's pet that they owned.”
This is human trafficking. It’s a marginal issue here in the U.S. for most of us. Part of that is because the average person isn’t sure what human trafficking – or modern day slavery – actually means.
Health care takes on the fight against trafficking
In Insurance coverage of customers induces dishonesty of sellers in markets for credence goods , a research paper in PNAS by German and Austrian economists, the authors show experimental evidence that electronics repair shops are more likely to overcharge for labor when their customers have insurance.
Techpowerup caught hardware giants MSI and Asus shipping them graphics cards that were preset for a software-based overlock mode, meaning that the cards performed better out of the box for reviewers than they would for customers.
Nilay Patel’s magnificent rant about Apple’s rumored announcement that future phones won’t have headphone jacks starts with the main event: “1. Digital audio means DRM audio.”
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