The newly released report from ECPAT-USA details the efficacy of the organisation’s engagement with the tourism and travel industry in protecting children from sex trafficking.
The report bases its findings on an evaluation study by NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, which found that half of all hotels have training on how to prevent and disrupt sex trafficking of children, with 35% of those hotels receiving ECPAT-USA training.
“We are so proud of the progress that has been made with the hospitality industry but progress must continue,” said Michelle Guelbart, director of private sector engagement for ECPAT-USA and co-author of the report. “Hotels must mandate training across the board and ensure that this issue is institutionalized through new hire training.”
The NYU Wagner study also suggests that the potential reach of ECPAT-USA training is much greater, however hotel brands must take steps to ensure that all associates receive the training.
The report shows great promise for engagement with the private sector but also reveals the amount of work yet to be done.
Read the No Vacancy report here.