IATA, ACI Reinforce Commitment To Fight Human Trafficking
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
In support of the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Airports Council International (ACI) World and IATA are reinforcing their joint commitment and work to help combat human trafficking.
While aviation connects the world, carrying more than four billion passengers a year, this global network is also used nefariously by traffickers to transport people against their will.
The two groups say that airlines and airports are determined to assist authorities by reporting suspected human trafficking cases, and making it as difficult as possible for the global air transport network to be exploited by this evil trade, which affects some 25 million people annually. IATA and ACI say they are committed to raising awareness, helping to train staff to recognize the signs of trafficking, and putting in place reporting protocols to alert the appropriate authorities.
"Human trafficking creates misery for millions, and helps fund criminal gangs and terrorism,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. We are taking action to help authorities ensure that our global network is not exploited for evil ends. As an industry, we have our eyes open, and are working with governments and law enforcement to stop trafficking. Through a joint campaign with our airport colleagues, we hope to further mobilize the aviation industry in the fight against this abhorrent trade in people’s lives."
"People trafficking is an appalling crime which we should do all we can to combat,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “We stand together with our airline colleagues in keeping our eyes open to the signs of human trafficking. Many of our airport members are already demonstrating their commitment to the campaign. We continue to strengthen our combined efforts in awareness, training, and reporting."
To mark today’s United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, ACI and IATA invite airline and airport co-workers, colleagues and industry partners and supporters to raise awareness of aviation’s commitment to fight trafficking by:
Adding an overlay to profile pictures on Facebook saying "I have my eyes open on human trafficking."
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.