Hotels are one of many venues that traffickers use to exploit their victims. As a result, hospitality industry leaders are increasingly recognizing the unique role they can play in preventing and disrupting this crime.
Traffickers use hotel and motel rooms when setting up encounters between victims of sex trafficking and those individuals purchasing sex. Labor trafficking is also present in both the hotel industry’s workforce and in the supply chain of its products. This criminal activity presents a great risk for the safety and security of hotel businesses, as well as legitimate hotel customers. Traffickers are capitalizing on the lack of awareness around this issue within the hotel industry. All too often, they continue to exploit their victims unchecked because staff, managers, and executives do not know what to look for.
Fortunately, there are many ways the hotel industry can help prevent and combat human trafficking. This 30-minute online training program, available through AHLEI by the AHLA partnership with Marriott International, ECPAT-USA and Polaris, addresses the issue of human trafficking and discusses the intersections between human trafficking and the hospitality industry. ECPAT-USA also offers free tools and resources that can be used in conjunction with this training to help properties combat trafficking and inform guests of their commitment.
The training is available in 17 languages to ensure that global hospitality organizations can share this important program as widely as possible.
Objectives of the program:
- Define human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children
- Identify individuals who are most at risk for human trafficking
- Understand the difference between labor and sex trafficking specific to the hotel sector
- Explain the role of hospitality employees in responding to this issue
This program is available to hotel properties through a license agreement for one year. It is not available for individual purchase.
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