World Travel & Tourism Council Launches Global Taskforce On Human Trafficking
Thursday 4th April, Seville – The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced the formation of a global taskforce to help prevent and combat human trafficking - an illicit activity that affects 30 million victims worldwide, and relies on travel networks to operate.
As an ‘industry’, human trafficking is worth $150bn annually, and contributes heavily to modern slavery, in which 40 million people worldwide are entrapped. One-quarter of trafficking victims worldwide are children (or 5.5 million). Meanwhile, 19% of victims are trafficked for sexual purposes, which makes up 66% of the illicit income generated. [Data cited comes from International Labor Organization]
The WTTC taskforce has thus been established for the purposes of:
2. PROTECTION: to train employees and travellers on how to identify and report suspected cases.
4. SUPPORT: to provide assistance, employability training and employment opportunities to survivors.
The founding members of the taskforce are Airbnb, Amex GBT, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Ctrip.com International, CWT, Emirates, Expedia Group, Hilton, JTB Corp, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority, Marriott International, Silversea, Thomas Cook and TUI.
On the formation of the taskforce Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC (pictured) commented, “Human trafficking is a devastating, widespread and critical issue that unfortunately relies on Travel & Tourism networks to operate. As a sector, we must do everything in our power to help eradicate the problem so that people may move freely and safely across the globe, but never coerced.
“I am proud to today launch this vital taskforce comprised of the world’s most powerful travel leaders from across hotels, retail, airlines, cruise, technology, finance and destination management, and are wholly committed to preventing trafficking , protecting victims, supporting survivors and engaging with governments so that this pandemic ends once and for all.”
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