Sabre Holdings launched its “Passport to Freedom” initiative to raise awareness about and help end the hidden crime of human trafficking. The international company provides software to travel agents, airlines, hotels and other parts of the travel industry.
Sabre chairman and CEO Sam Gilliland said statistics show that 50 percent of trafficking victims travel in some way while being exploited. “We touch so many elements of the travel industry,” Gilliland said. “We think we can be helpful in driving awareness and understanding.”
As part of the “Passport to Freedom” initiative, Sabre is teaching its employees how to recognize signs of human trafficking, such as not making eye contact, seeming unsure of their location, not being allowed to answer for themselves or hold their own travel documents, or being distrustful of authority. Sabre will also sign EPCAT’s tourism Code of Conduct and commit to working to condemn child sex exploitation in its policies and business. It is the first travel technology company to do so.
Sabre also plans to fund scholarships for survivors to become travel agents. Tekla Roberts, a sex trafficking survivor, said this program in particular will be beneficial to victims who are able to escape the trafficking industry. “This not only offers them a way to support themselves, their children perhaps, but it also gives them a sense of hope, a sense of purpose. And that’s huge,” Roberts said. “Hope goes a very long way.”
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