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Combat trafficking and slavery connected to Olympic events!

June 15th, 2012

This summer, London will play host to an estimated 5 million visitors as the eyes of millions around the globe will be trained on the world’s top athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games. The Olympics are an opportunity for the citizens of the world to unite in celebration of the best of the human spirit: dedication and discipline, mutual understanding, fair play and solidarity

But they also expose a darker side of human nature: for international sporting events and the large audiences they draw are also potential venues for the exploitation of the world’s most vulnerable citizens via the deplorable practice of human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Please take action today! Sign the ICCR petition on Change.org asking the International Olympic Committee leadership “to take the necessary steps to address and eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery by adopting strong requirements for sponsors, suppliers and construction companies.”

The petition says, “We recommend creating clear guidelines for business partners covering the complete project life cycle of the Olympics, including:

  • Adopt a policy prohibiting trafficking and slavery
  • Conduct assessments of actual and potential human trafficking risks
  • Integrate assessments into oversight and monitoring programs
  • Train key staff on how to identify and eradicate various forms of trafficking
  • Publicly report progress using the Global Reporting Initiative’s Event Organizing Sector Supplement

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