There is increasing awareness of modern slavery and of the trafficking of children and women, often this trafficking takes place using the travel industry’s infrastructure. At WTM two years ago a UK Border Force Officer asked why so few airlines, passengers and crew, hotels and staff report concerns. As she pointed out the immigration officers have maybe a minute or two to decide whether to be concerned or not – those travelling on the plane or staying in the hotel have much longer. Why don’t more people raise concerns? How could we encourage more to do so? This is a challenging issue, one where the sector could make a big difference. Don’t turn a blind eye to it.
Moderator: Harold Goodwin
Nishma Jethwa, Shiva Foundation
Martin Punaks, Lumos
Alexandros Paraskevas, University of West London, European COMBAT
Caroline Meledo, Hilton
Jenny Stevenson, Border Force
Márcio Favilla, Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations, UNWTO