MPI Washington State Chapter is proud to continue the fight against human trafficking. Being the 3rd Seattle based company and the 1st MPI Chapter to sign the Trafficking Child Protection Code of conduct (The Code) set us apart. We need to continue to battle to end sex trafficking and encourage all of our members, planners and suppliers alike to stand up and be heard.
YOU Can Take a Stand
Once you understand how prevalent sex trafficking is and how to spot it, you will see how you can stop it. Sex traffickers target our hotels where we hold our meetings and conventions. Unknowingly, we have probably seen this behavior and have probably missed an opportunity to break the cycle. Victims are transported by plane, bus, and train and often kept in hotel rooms. We can learn to identify and report suspected incidences of sex trafficking and we can implore our travel partners to implement policies and training to do the same.
Planners: express your interest in working with suppliers that address human trafficking. Include a single line in your RFP inquiring about human trafficking policies and Code membership. This will alert business partners about your corporate commitment to child protection and their role in addressing the issue. Incorporate The Code language into your RFP.
Suppliers: Be the agent of change. Speak up for those whose voice cannot be heard. Bring to your management the information to sign The Code. You will be setting your organization apart from the rest and making a difference in the lives of others.
- Download the TraffickCam app: In this industry, we all travel...a lot! This is a great opportunity to help the cause - simply take 4 pictures of your hotel room ~ anywhere in the world ~ and submit via the TraffickCam app. The images allow police determine which hotels victims are being trafficked.
- Download the Redlight Traffic app: this app helps you recognize & report the red flags of trafficking.
- Talk to your management about training at your venue
- Implement anti-trafficking language in RFPs and contracts
- Attend the sessions on human trafficking at the Industry Summit & Cascadia Educational Conference
- Donate directly to ECPAT & BEST
- Attend our Annual Gala and Raise Your Paddle to donate!
To support our chapter’s efforts in this fight, CAST has set new goals for the 2016-2017 term:
- Develop educational opportunities with other industry organizations
- Create fundraising efforts to support ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) and BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking)
- Challenge other chapters and industry associations to join the fight
- Provide continued education at our annual regional conferences
BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking) as it aligns and equips leaders to use the power of business to prevent human trafficking. Initially focusing on the hotel and hospitality sector, BEST quickly developed a reputation for delivering innovative, relevant and collaborative training that enabled hotels and their employees to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and women. Part of this work also focused on sponsorship and training of survivors of prostitution and trafficking, and linking them up with training programs and potential employers. More recently, BEST launched the BEST Employers Alliance which engages with the wider business community and enables organizations to identify how they can make a positive impact on the issues of sex trafficking, by integrating BEST practices throughout their operations. For further information visit bestalliance.org.
ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) is the leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States. ECPAT-USA belongs to an international network of organizations in 75 countries, all working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. We go to the source of the problem by fighting for new and improved laws, encouraging the private sector to do its part, and raising awareness among those who may be in a position to identify a child who is being commercially sexually exploited.
To protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. ECPAT-USA does this in four primary ways:
- ECPAT-USA advocates for federal and state legislation that prevents exploitation, protects children, and guarantees that any child who is subjected to sexual slavery or sex trafficking will not be prosecuted in the courts for prostitution;
- ECPAT-USA promotes corporate responsibility among private companies with a strong focus on the tourism sector.
- ECPAT-USA educates first responders and ordinary citizens about this issue so that they can identify victims and join us in the fight to better protect children.
- ECPAT-USA empowers youth to take the lead against human trafficking by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to help them become activists against this terrible trade.