How Travel Buyers Can Help End Child Trafficking

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The Problem

With the use of online classified ads, child trafficking has moved off the streets and behind the closed doors of local hotel rooms. Youth are targeted and manipulated by pimps who transport victims from city to city via U.S. owned airlines and buses.

Exploiters use hotel rooms as venues to abuse children, knowing that systems are not in place to identify and protect the victims. Air travel is also a primary means of transportation for child sex tourists– individuals who travel overseas to sexually exploit local children.

The Solution

In response, buyers of corporate travel are in a position to express their interest in working with suppliers that address human trafficking. They can also become members of the Code themselves.

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Originally published on Sunday, 01 June 2014
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Michelle Guelbart

Michelle leads program development and strategy for ECPAT-USA’s private sector work. As Director of Private Sector Engagement she advises companies on corporate social responsibility efforts to protect children from trafficking. Michelle provides support and recommendations to ECPAT-USA partners including Carlson Companies, Delta Air Lines, Wyndham Worldwide, Sabre, and Hilton Worldwide. This includes expert consultation for corporate policy development, programs, training, and workshops. In addition, she is frequently asked to provide input during discussions between socially responsible investors and corporations.

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