As meeting planners, we spend A LOT of time in airports, hotels, and ground transportation in cities around the world. As a company, we strive to be good citizens of the world environmentally and socially. We train and plan for disasters, weather challenges and crisis management.
When it came to our training on how to be aware of possible human trafficking, signs to look for and tools to help, it was a tough but vital subject to discuss. Recently in her article, Not in My Hotel, Barbara Scofidio, MeetingsNet, did an incredible job of explaining this issue, telling you what to look for and how you can make a difference. I urge you to read the entire article. She also published The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism for Meeting Planners https://www.ecpatusa.org/events
During our research here at MeetGreen, we found some additional resources to share with you:
How to Identify and Address Human Trafficking, Hotel News Now http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Article/9178/How-to-identify-and-address-human-trafficking
>Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, ECPAT.orghttps://www.ecpatusa.org/mission/
Addressing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry, Green Hotelier http://www.greenhotelier.org/know-how/addressing-human-trafficking-in-the-hospitality-industry/
Please be alert and aware of what to look for during your travels and while on-site at conferences. The clues may be subtle, but a child’s life is at stake.