ECPAT-USA is proud to announce a partnership with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – the first airport to sign The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code).
An Uber driver’s call to police lead to the rescue of a 16 year old girl from being trafficked in a California hotel. The Uber driver, Keith Avila, picked up on the situation that was taking place and knew he had to take action.
Sponsored by leaders in the travel sector including HRS Global Hotel Solutions, The Parking Spot, Delta Air Lines, Marriott International, and the The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE, the event will align the Los Angeles community to put an end to child sex trafficking. Celebrities, government officials, the private sector, and the public will unite for the cause, raising funds and support for ECPAT-USA’s mission to create a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex.
On Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 ECPAT-USA celebrated its 25th Anniversary of fighting for freedom. The soireé was held at the elegant Pace Gallery in New York City and was filled with over 200 generous friends of ECPAT-USA who support a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex. Thank you to everyone who donated to our evening – we well surpassed our fundraising goal!
The travel industry has a unique and primary role to play in combatting and preventing child sexual exploitation. In the United States, children are targeted and strategically manipulated by pimps who use hotel rooms as venues for abuse and air travel has become the primary means to move children from city-to-city or across borders. ECPAT-USA has been bringing in more tourism companies on each year to sign The Code – such as Uber, Delta Air Lines, and Sonesta Resorts and Hotels. When a company joins The Code, they commit to taking six steps that will help protect children.
After a 2 year investigation, Maryland’s Attorney General announced the charges of 3 human traffickers. During the press conference, they noted that victims were sold in areas in and around Baltimore, MD. The map [pictured in this article] shows dozens of hotels that used as venues to exploit victims in a 2 year Maryland sex trafficking investigation that broke in the news yesterday. The case involved 40 victims (likely domestic children and teenagers). Continue reading
Pending Approval of The Code Board, Sonesta will Officially Join ECPAT’s Efforts to Protect Children from Exploitation and Trafficking
Newton, MA (July 19, 2016) – Sonesta International Hotels Corporation today announced its plans to enter into partnership with ECPAT-USA which includes signing their Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (“The Code”), an industry-driven tourism initiative dedicated to the prevention of the trafficking of children.
KF Events becomes the newest company to join the fight to protect children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking by joining the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. KF Events, a meeting and events company is positioned to help engage directly with hotels who can be trained on the topic. ECPAT-USA is proud to welcome them to the family of companies protecting children. Continue reading
Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) announce 2015 Top Members
Top Member companies from around the world are recognized for their “exceptional work to integrate child protection practices into their businesses.” 19 of the companies are based in the United States and are guided through their membership and implementation with the support of Local Code Representative, ECPAT-USA.
The Code is a set of six voluntary guidelines that travel and tourism companies implement to comprehensively and proactively combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children. In order for a company to be recognized as a Top Member, companies must implement all six of The Code criteria within their business operations and reported publicly on TheCode.Org website.
“This year’s group of Top Members continuously drive change in the tourism industry to raise awareness and combat human trafficking and child exploitation,” said Michelle Guelbart, director of private sector engagement of ECPAT-USA. “Each company cares deeply about this issue and takes their implementation of The Code very seriously. Without strong public private partnerships, we would not be able to do the work we do.”
This Thursday, ECPAT-USA’s Director of Development and Partnerships, Sarah Porter was interviewed on BRIC Live about #DoesYourHotel. The PSA was recently nominated for a New York Emmy under the category of ‘Community/Public Service.’
#DoesYourHotelKnow alerts hotels and travelers alike to educate themselves about the signs of sex trafficking, with a call to action. The PSA, produced by Liam Billingham through the BRIC Media Share Program was featured on CNN, Huffington Post, and Upworthy.