After months of talks, ECPAT-USA is excited that Hilton Worldwide will be taking the final steps necessary to apply and implement the Code of Conduct. In their own words today, “To further demonstrate our commitment to the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism, Hilton Worldwide, Inc. is working with ECPAT to submit a mutually agreeable action plan by December 31, 2010 to the ECPAT Code of Conduct steering committee with the goal of signing the Code.”
We look forward to working with Hilton Worldwide and are pleased with their pro-active approach to tackling this very difficult issue.
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The Wyden Bill will provide a comprehensive, victim-centered approach to addressing sex trafficking, with a special focus on sex trafficking of minors. It would increase law enforcement activities and provide direct services to survivors in six regionally diverse locations within the United States.
It will also provide funding to implement improvements to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system, which is used by federal, state and local law enforcement to track information about missing and exploited children, including runaway children. Certain improvements to the NCIC are required in order to receive federal funding. The bill encourages states to track information about children who are at high risk for sex trafficking, with the goal of using that information to provide a more protective response to those children.