Today is World Tourism Day, a day the United Nations established over thirty years ago. World Tourism Day is a day to reflect on how tourism has been and can be harnessed for good. For as will be lucky to partner with tourism organizations that are committed to work within the tourism industry to protect human beings from trafficking. Initially, a majority of tourism professionals do not see the connection between their industry and the role they play in protecting victims of trafficking. Over time, companies begin to understand where their business can impact this issue and often identify innovative ways to get involved.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery – a harrowing deprivation and violation of human rights. Human trafficking is a global criminal activity, affecting every country on earth and second in profits only to the drug trade. 27 million people right now are estimated by the United Nations to be victims of human trafficking. Many of those victims are children who are forced into prostitution or child labor.
Companies involved in tourism are taking action to identify trafficking victims by creating policies and implementing employee training programs, so their staffs can identify possible victims and take appropriate action to help them.