Top News WTTC report highlights tourism’s vital role in fighting human trafficking By TTG Asia / Posted on 30 July, 2021 14:21 The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has released a new report which signals how the global travel and tourism sector can help eradicate human trafficking. The report, titled Preventing Human Trafficking: An Action Framework for the Travel & Tourism Sector, is released with support from the Carlson Family Foundation, and builds on WTTC’s Human Trafficking Taskforce, which was launched in 2019 at its Global Summit in Seville, Spain. WTTC report will help travel and tourism sector to better identify and prevent human trafficking With its report, WTTC aims to strengthen cooperation across stakeholders and share best practices to raise awareness about how the sector can, and does, make a difference, to proactively address this global crime. The report details an action framework to tackle human trafficking, around four main pillars: Awareness, Education & Training, Advocacy, and Support. The International Labour Organization has estimated that on any given day in 2016, more than 40 million people around the world were victims of human trafficking. With the pandemic exacerbating pre-existing inequalities, this has accelerated the urgent need for targeted actions within the travel and tourism sector, WTTC said. The report offers solutions both within the sector and beyond, as the complexity of these transnational crimes require multi-disciplinary efforts and concerted coordinated action by stakeholders, such as states, private companies, and international organisations around the world. For the travel and tourism sector, this means involving the expertise of all stakeholders, including survivors, as well as civil society organisations to establish joint initiatives. Launched in conjunction with the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the 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. Virginia Messina, senior vice president and acting CEO, WTTC, said: “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 and tourism sector to play its part to help combat human trafficking. Given the sector’s inadvertent position in the path of human traffickers, we need to shoulder our responsibility to ensure that the travel and tourism sector offers a safe and welcoming environment for those who work within it. “Ultimately, travel is something that brings people together, and it is critical that we proactively help address this crime. 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.” Read the full report here.