Hotels to Learn about Human Trafficking Awareness

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) has partnered with ECPAT-USA to develop a new online training program for hotel employees, “The Role of Hospitality in Preventing and Reacting to Child Trafficking.” (Demo; full program available for purchase on EI website.)

The 30-minute course provides hotel staff and managers with the information they need to identify and respond to crimes of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). It explains the risks trafficking can pose to properties, provides a list of signs and behaviors that may indicate child trafficking, and offers steps to respond to the situation in ways that minimize risk. The training incorporates audio and video clips, interactive knowledge checks and a 10-question quiz, leading to a certificate of completion.

Hotel managers and staff throughout a property need to be alert to the signs of potential child trafficking and know how to respond in ways that will keep victims, guests, and the property safe. Front desk, housekeeping, security, and even restaurant servers may be in a position to witness suspicious behaviors that indicate illegal trafficking activity, while managers must know how to appropriately respond to the situation.

In conjunction with the training, ECPAT-USA encourages hospitality organizations to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, an internationally-accepted, voluntary set of guidelines that travel and tourism companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children.

Learn more at the Hospitality Net article: Educational Institute Launches Online Course to Increase Awareness of Human Trafficking at Hotels.

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