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October 14, 2014
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Americas: Human Trafficking--The Industry’s Most Misunderstood Issue


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It’s safe to say that human trafficking is the hot topic in the travel and tourism industry. Many meeting planning and business travel organizations are providing educational sessions on this issue, and I’m often asked to provide the content for these presentations. The biggest takeaway from my work with the industry: Most people still don’t get why I’m there and why hotels need training.

In my articles for MeetingsNet’s IdeaXchange, I will explain the key reasons we need hotels engaged in the fight against human trafficking, clarify the industry’s common misconceptions, and tell you how you can get involved in helping to end child slavery at the source.

First Topic: Hidden in Plain Sight

Victims of sex trafficking in the United States are most often from the U.S., not brought from overseas. Until the industry understands this, they will be overlooking victims or never understand the role they can play in identifying victims.

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