Have you ever checked into a hotel and noticed something that seemed like child trafficking? I sure did. Hotels are regularly used for trafficking -- often right under the eyes of staff and guests, who don't have a clue about what's going on.
Thankfully the travel and tourism industry around the world is working to make their facilities safe from traffickers. Here are some useful resources. I'm sure I've missed some so please leave links in a comment below.
The Code is the code of conduct for the travel and tourism industry and lists steps a business should take to protection children from sexual exploitation. This is an industry-driven tourism initiative in collaboration with ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF, and supported by the UNWTO.
Sabre's Passport to Freedom initiative raises awareness in the global travel industry about human trafficking.
Every Child, Everywhere - Child Protection Training in the Travel Industry from ECPAT and the Association of British Travel Agents
American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute program for hoteliers
American Hotel and Lodging Association: Industry principles to combat human trafficking
SEE Formula: how to develop human resource policies that combat the exploitation of vulnerable workers, trafficking and forced labor. Developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business and Anti-Slavery International.
Institute of Hotels Security Management in the UK is a professional association for security staff and issues related to hotel security, including trafficking. Includes a secure alert system for members.
Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking
UN GIFT program -- e-learning training program: End Human Trafficking Now
My thanks to International Tourism Partnership for many of these links, which are from an article on their website, "Addressing human trafficking in the hospitality industry." It includes a case study on Marriott Hotels and what they're doing to combat trafficking.
Other helpful articles:
Travel Weekly: "The War on Human Trafficking"
JustMeans.com: "Largest US Hotel Companies Work to Prevent Human Trafficking"
Past posts on this blog:
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Speaking of travel and tourism, the Born2Fly Project to stop child trafficking is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Our beautiful city can use your prayers right now. Thanks for remembering us here.