Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/18/2015 -- The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) has officially joined ECPAT's efforts to end child exploitation and human trafficking. The association's International Board of Directors formally signed the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) during SITE Nite Europe, 18 May 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. The Code is an internationally accepted set of voluntary guidelines that travel and tourism companies can implement to prevent child exploitation and human trafficking.
Rhonda Brewer, SITE President and Vice-President - Sales, Maritz Travel Company, was instrumental in creating this partnership. Maritz Travel has been a member of The Code since November of 2013. "Signing of the Child-Protection Code signifies SITE's commitment to speak out against sexual exploitation of women and children and our intention to leverage our influence in the industry to help victims become survivors."
"SITE's global membership and reach will be instrumental in spreading out message to countless companies and individuals who may come across child trafficking victims," said Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement for ECPAT-USA. "We look forward to this exciting partnership."
With more than 2000 members in 90 countries, SITE will use its channels of communications and events to inform and educate its members, suppliers and customers about the critical issue and encourage their support for ECPAT's work around the globe. Actions will include training for staff and members, connecting SITE chapters to regional ECPAT offices/NGOs, communication of procedures for reporting of possible cases to local authorities and submission of reports to The Code organization.
By enacting responsible policies, members of The Code play an essential role in protecting children from the sexual exploitation that is particularly prevalent in the travel and hospitality industry. With the use of online classified ads, child trafficking has moved off the streets and behind the closed doors of local hotel rooms. Airlines are a primary means of transportation for child sex tourists who travel overseas to sexually exploit children. Unfortunately, very few victims are identified and fewer still receive the help and services they need.
To learn more about ECPAT-USA, The Code, and how your can get involved in ending child slavery at the source visit www.ecpatusa.org/thecode.
ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of the ECPAT International network, with offices in 73 countries. For more information, visit www.ecpatusa.org/code. Contact: (718) 935-9192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, is the only global organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting the incentive travel industry. We connect incentive travel to business results. For our members we provide professional development, certification, and business connections. Over the last 40 years, SITE has grown to over 2,000 members in 90 countries with 29 local and regional chapters. www.SITEglobal.com