Meet Puerto Rico Donates Nearly $50 Thousand to Combat Human Trafficking
Human trafficking in Puerto Rico is a reality and has serious implications for the tourism industry. Therefore, Meet Puerto Rico allied with the Ricky Martin Foundation (RMF) to educate the local tourism industry on the impact of this social evil and its direct impact on the image of the destination.
"Human trafficking is a serious issue and so we have established this partnership with the Ricky Martin Foundation, to educate and provide the industry with the necessary knowledge and tools to identify and respond appropriately to possible cases of human trafficking," said Milton Segarra, president and CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, in a written release.
The workshop was led by Dr. Cesar Rey, principal investigator of the so-called modern slavery in Puerto Rico and a boardmember of the Ricky Martin Foundation. He presented the second study by the Foundation entitled, “Human trafficking: A modern form of slavery in Puerto Rico.”
One of the most relevant pieces of research for the tourism industry, conducted by Rey, is data supporting that as a result of the closure of nightclubs in San Juan, prostitution has moved to various alternate locations including hotels, creating a system of sophisticated sex tourism.
During the event, Meet Puerto Rico, the organization responsible for bringing groups and conventions to the island, gave a donation to the Ricky Martin Foundation in the amount of $46,469.25 as a result of the promotional campaign Escape the Meeting Blah! An important element of the promotion was the component of corporate social responsibility. A total of 25 hotels participated contributing a dollar for every room night booked for a group or convention.