Delta Airlines fights Child Trafficking

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Last month, Delta Airlines became the first major airline to sign ECPAT's Tourism Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism was developed by ECPAT to set an ethical standard for responsible business practices that contribute to a significant reduction in incidences of child sexual exploitation.

The press release declares that by becoming a signatory to The Code, Delta will "implement policies that condemn child trafficking and provide training to help their employees identify and report trafficking activities. Delta will also raise awareness among customers by including information about ECPAT and the Code in its Sky magazine and website."

Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA addressed the importance of companies like Delta signing The Code:

“All travel companies could unwittingly be facilitating the sex trafficking of children. If they do nothing to raise awareness or to prevent child trafficking, they risk becoming an indirect and unintentional conduit for the abuse that takes places,” said Smolenski. “We applaud Delta Air Lines for taking the first step toward helping fight the sex trafficking of children that has become a global epidemic.”

“It continues to be a challenge to reach U.S. companies; a lot of companies struggle with the fear that associating their company name with the tragic reality of child sex tourism will hurt their corporate brands or public images,” said Smolenski. “We are thrilled to have a company like Delta pioneering the way for other U.S. airlines and businesses to join this fight.”

As frequent customers of Delta, we applaud their effort to combat child sexual exploitation.

Read the complete press release here.

Jeremy Floyd

Project Manager - SE Asia Directive

*Image from dlta_airlines on flickr.

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