As one of the world’s largest industrial sectors contributing $8.8 trillion to the global economy in 2018 (10.4% of global GDP) and employing 319 million people (1 in 10 jobs) around the world, Travel & Tourism has the power to make a difference at all levels of our companies’ supply chains. Our sector is also responsible for the movement of people – with 1.4 billion international tourists travelling in 2018, over 4 billion air passengers, and billions more domestic trips taken. As such, Travel & Tourism has a responsibility to protect the people it transports, employs and accommodates.
In recognition of this, the WTTC launched its Human Trafficking Task Force at the Global Summit 2019 in April in Seville, Spain. Realising that many WTTC Member companies and sector associations are already very active in this fight, the aim of the Task Force is to leverage our position to facilitate information exchange and to coordinate efforts across the private sector, while strengthening cooperation with the public sector and civil society. Ultimately, we aim to reduce Human Trafficking by raising awareness of how Travel & Tourism companies can prevent Human Trafficking and providing a forum for collective action across the sector as a whole.
The Task Force will help to eradicate Human Trafficking through activities focused on:
1. Prevention - to increase industry and consumer awareness of human trafficking. It is proven that the more we know, the more we can do to prevent this crime.
2. Protection - to train employees and travellers on how to identify and report suspected cases.
3. Action - to encourage governments to enact and enforce legislation which recognises human trafficking as a crime throughout the entire chain, and develop resources and support needed, such as national hotlines.
4. Support - to provide assistance, employability training and employment opportunities to survivors.
Members of the Task Force include AIG Travel, Airbnb, American Express Global Business Travel, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Ctrip International, Carlson / CWT, Emirates, Expedia Group, Hilton, Ingle International Inc., JTB Corp, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority, Marriott International, Sabre Corporation, Silversea, Thomas Cook Group, TUI Group and Uber.
If you would like to engage with WTTC in the fight to end Human Trafficking or to learn more about our activities in this area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org