|Travelling is usually synonymous with vacation, holiday, relaxation, and good times. We encourage travelling to relieve stress, boost mental health, broaden the mind, give you new experiences to remember for a lifetime, and learn about other cultures and improve your understanding of the world.|
On the other hand, travelling can also expose you to some of the negative parts of the world we live in, like human trafficking. Human trafficking is the act of holding another person hostage and controlling them through threats or coercion to exploit them for forced labor and/or sex– and it is more common than you think.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business and one of the fastest-growing illegal industries in the world. It operates within countries and across international borders. And it relies on the travel industry to operate.
We believe it is vitally important for travellers to be aware that human trafficking can happen anywhere– and also that something can be done about this violation of others’ human rights and dignity.
|WHAT MSH INTERNATIONAL IS DOING|
At the WTTC 2019 Global Summit in April of this year, MSH International joined the Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force uses our position in the travel industry to educate partners and clients on how we can all make a difference, including calling on governments across th world to adopt more stringent measures in the fight against human trafficking.
|THE TASK FORCE FOCUS|
PREVENTION – to increase industry and consumer awareness of human traffickingPROTECTION – to train employees and travellers on how to identify and report suspected cases of human traffickingACTION – to encourage governments to create and enforce legislation on recognizing human trafficking as a crimeSUPPORT – to provide assistance, training, and employment opportunities to survivors of human trafficking
|HOW YOU CAN HELP|
BE AWARE: Human trafficking occurs around international travel hubs with large immigration populations, like large airports.Victims of human trafficking include those who are more vulnerable, such as runaways, homeless youth, and those in foster care.The largest number of trafficked people come from Russia and Ukraine.The largest number of people trafficked outside of Europe come from the Middle East, Japan, Thailand, and North America.Young children begging for money tug at our heartstrings– but these children are often being trafficked. Giving directly to them encourages the cycle of poverty, gives children an incentive to stay out of school, and continues to support the harmful and illegal industry putting them in this terrible state.
LOOK OUT FOR PEOPLE WHO: Appear malnourished and have signs of physical injuries and abuseAvoid eye contact, social interaction, and authority figuresSeem to have a rehearsed or scripted response when interactingAppear destitute or lack personal possessions
TAKE ACTION: In Canada, call the police at 911 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477Call immigration and customs enforcementCall the National Human Trafficking Resource Centre hotline:
USA – 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733
Canada – 1-833-900-1010
Spread awareness and let people know about the widespread issue of human trafficking.
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