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UN takes aim at human trafficking, awareness for corporate travelers

The United Nations is partnering with travel companies to help raise awareness on human trafficking for corporate travelers around the world, Travel Weekly reported.

The new program is set to educate more travelers on the risks of human trafficking that exist in many countries by informing people through social media, internal and external websites, blogs and hotel reservation confirmation emails. According to the source, Sabre and Marriott International are partners for the "Your Actions Count, Be a Responsible Traveler" campaign.

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Other organizations such as the World Tourism Organization and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime will be involved in the project. Marriott plans to send anti-trafficking messages to customers and employees to help raise awareness on the issue.

Corporate travelers will be informed by Sabre through its products such as Travelocity, Lastminute.com, TripCase and GetThere when booking flights or hotels. The more travelers are conscious on the subject, the better chances something can be done to end human trafficking.

The End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) program noted that the industry generates an estimated $32 billion a year from forced labor, sex tourism and human trafficking. More travel companies are getting together to end the crime that affects so many individuals' lives.

"By working together, we can educate travelers and industry players, and begin to eradicate this vicious crime," Bruce Charendoff, senior vice president of government and external affairs at Sabre​, told Travel Weekly. "We can also give hope to its victims."

U.S. citizens affected as well
While many people might think this only affects others in different countries, thousands of people in the U.S. are duped into human trafficking activities every year, according to the FBI. Of all the people suffering through human trafficking in the nation, nearly 33 percent of the victims are U.S. citizens.

Many of those affected are not necessarily out of sight from travelers, rather, they are found working across a plethora of job locations and industries such as restaurants, factories, elderly care facilities, housekeeping, agriculture, construction, landscaping, food processing and cleaning services, the government site reported.

Businesses should make sure their safety management program for corporate travelers is completely up to date with information to educate employees on human trafficking risks. Corporate travelers should report any instance where they feel someone could be a victim of human trafficking in the U.S. or abroad.


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