trafficking in the travel Industry
Human trafficking is a form of abuse where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. The International Labor Organization estimates there are over 40 million victims globally - 1 in 4 of which is a child. Victims are often sold in hotel rooms and transported via airlines, commercial buses, and the on-demand economy.
In response, ECPAT-USA works with the travel industry to take action. Corporate travel buyers, travel management companies, and meeting professionals can raise awareness about the issue with business travelers and travel partners. When equipped with information and resources, travel buyers can signal to travel suppliers that they are in the direct line of disrupting child sex trafficking through identification and response.
Tools and Resources for Travel Professionals
Make your company a champion for children. Bring protection to vulnerable children and victims of trafficking by providing training to your associates, adopting a strong anti-trafficking policy within your company, or sharing information with your clients. Download resources in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese below.
Why travel buyers GET involved
This issue impacts local communities. As global citizens, everyone can help by exercising compassionate potential to help others. Nothing is more rewarding than potentially changing someone’s life.
Customer comfort and safety is of the utmost importance. Trafficking is often connected to other criminal activities, including drugs and violent assault, which can jeopardize the safety of clients and associates.
Associates want to work for companies that are socially responsible and empower them to do the right thing.
A company’s bottom line can be impacted by negative publicity, business interruptions, and damage associated with trafficking.