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Human Trafficking/Slavery

ICCR’s efforts on human trafficking range from a focus on child sex trafficking to campaigns to stop forced labor in corporate supply chains. A recent effort has been to reveal the threat posed by human trafficking and slavery at the London Olympics and other large sporting events. ICCR members dialog about this issue with corporations in the entertainment industry, particularly hotels and airlines.

ICCR encourages travel, tourism, and hospitality companies to adopt a Code of Conduct to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. This requires them to implement the following measures:

  • Establish a corporate ethical policy against commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC);
  • Place clauses in contracts with suppliers stating a common repudiation of CSEC;
  • Report annually on their progress;
  • Train tourism personnel;
  • Provide information to travelers;
  • Provide information to local “key persons” at travel destinations.

In March 2008 ICCR sponsored a symposium, along with the U.S. Department of State, on what businesses can do to work against this scourge. In the spring of 2010, ICCR members, including the Oblates, engaged a number of companies on the issue of preventing sex tourism during the World Cup in South Africa. Oblates in Africa took up this theme in radio programming and other outreach efforts. In the spring of 2012, ICCR and a coalition of 36 U.S. and U.K. investors led by Christian Bothers Investment Services launched the “Celebration without Exploitation” campaign to shed light on the hidden risks of human trafficking and slavery at the London Olympics.

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