Post authored by Maritz Global Events Human Trafficking Committee leaders Mary Clare Darland, Sourcing Manager at Maritz Travel, and Ken Sien, Director of Strategic Accounts at Experient
Globally, profits obtained from the use of forced labor are estimated at $150 billion per year; about $99 billion from commercial sexual exploitation, the most common form of human trafficking. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally, with almost 20% being children. Due to the lack of uniform data, it’s hard to make accurate calculations. Regardless, human trafficking is a global problem that needs to be addressed.
“Shine a Light on Slavery” is an awareness campaign from the END IT Movement, a coalition of the leading organizations in the world in the fight for freedom. The coalition is made up of 16 partners that focus their efforts on awareness, prevention, rescue and restoration. One of the partners is ECPAT USA, an organization that has developed The Code, an industry-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to combat the sexual exploitation of children in contexts related to travel and tourism.
The events industry is inextricably linked to human trafficking – as victims are often trafficked through hotels, airports and bus stations. As a leader in the events industry, Maritz Global Events has become deeply committed to raising awareness in the events industry of this horrific crime. We were proud to sign The Code in 2013, and its why we support the END IT Movement and the “Shine a Light on Slavery” day.
Across all of our locations, we’ve come together to support the END IT Movement by marking our hands with a red X. We encourage you to visit the END IT Movement and show your support TODAY.