WTTC report highlights the way travel & tourism can stop transnational crimes

Published on : Saturday, July 31, 2021

In a recent report from the WTTC has thrown light on how the global travel and tourism community can work to abolish human trafficking.

The report was published with the help of the Carlson Family Foundation, builds on research from the WTTC’s Human Trafficking Taskforce. It was developed in 2019 at the Global Summit in Seville, Spain.

The new report, “Preventing Human Trafficking: An Action Framework for the Travel & Tourism Sector,” is targeting to fortify collaboration with the stakeholders and share best practices and raise awareness on the way travel and tourism community can proactively deal with the issue of human trafficking.

The report highlights solutions within the travel and tourism as well as beyond. It also explains that way states, stakeholders, private companies, international organizations and more can work in tandem to stop transnational crimes.

“Human trafficking is a global crime which preys on the vulnerable, continues to grow and affect the lives of millions around the world.”

“This vital report offers a framework for the Travel & Tourism sector to play its part to help combat human trafficking,” Virginia Messina, senior vice president and acting CEO, WTTC. “Given the sector’s inadvertent position in the path of human traffickers, we need to shoulder our responsibility to ensure that the Travel & Tourism sector offers a safe and welcoming environment for those who work within it.”

Messina had observed that the report plays a crucial role in developing a solution to the issue.

“The sector needs a cohesive approach and focus its efforts on driving forward advocacy related to human trafficking by engaging all key stakeholders. We hope that this report can aid in that task,” she said. “This in-depth report highlights the need to work on facilitating an approach which will enhance the understanding of the crime of human trafficking, enable better identification, prevention, and mitigation of potential and actual impacts of the sector, and further public-private collaboration to ensure that appropriate steps are taken by governments when human trafficking is detected.”

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