HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Whose Business Is It?
The Travel Industry’s Role in Ending Modern-Day Slavery

The Vincentian Center for Church and Society, the Ladies of Charity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at St. John’s University sponsored a day long workshop drawing attention to the role of the travel industry in Human Trafficking.

Slavery is one of the most egregious violations of human dignity. Human trafficking is the means of enslaving millions of men, women, and children each year for labor, sex, or other forms of exploitation. This conference explores the relationship between the travel industry, travel, and travelers to raise awareness of this serious issue and to call all people to work to end human trafficking.

Keynote presenter Sandi D. Mitchell spoke of a travel industry initiative that combats child sex trafficking and human slavery through education, advocacy, and survivor support.

Among the presenters were Joan Dawber, S.C., Kati Hamm, S.C. and Margaret John Kelly, D.C.

Other topics included: When Business Takes The Lead; The Code, ECPAT USA: Initiatives That Matter; What Smart Travelers Know; The Cultural Environment that Creates Demand; and Trafficking Through the DA’s Eyes.

Goals of the Conference:
• To provide education to increase awareness and foster activism to stop the trafficking of humans for any purpose;
• To explore the role of the travel industry and travelers in combating human trafficking, as well as the current best practices; and
• To create an agenda for action with the participants of the conference.

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