In the United States, 300,000 American children are at risk for exploitation a year. Youth are strategically targeted and manipulated by pimps who use hotel rooms as venues to abuse children, knowing that systems are not in place to protect the victims. With the use of online classified ads, child trafficking is moving off the streets and behind the closed doors of local hotel rooms. In addition, children are often transported from city to city via U.S. owned airlines and buses. Air travel is also a primary means of transportation for child sex tourists– individuals who travel overseas to sexually exploit local children.
Companies that are in the travel, tourism, hospitality, or conferencing/meeting sectors can do so much to end this scourge, including:
- Signing the Code of Conduct. When your company signs The Code it makes a commitment to do what it can to put an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
- Hiring ECPAT-USA for training. No matter what industry you are in, we will train company staff to identify possible victims and to follow proper protocol in notifying the authorities.
- Donating to ECPAT-USA so that we can keep up the fight to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children at the source.
To learn more about The Code, corporate training sessions, and other ways you can help protect children, please contact Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-935-9192.