general public, is needed in order to identify and help victims. What can an airport do? Human trafficking is a global problem. Since air transport is a frequently used method of transport for traffickers, airlines and airports are ideally positioned to assist, both through training of their own staff in recognizing and dealing with trafficking situations as well as raising awareness by providing information to the public. Firstly, through a short session on human trafficking alongside security awareness training, staff can be made aware of the indicators to look for and how to report a suspected case of trafficking.
numbers affected; the International Labour Organization estimated that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour.² • Victims of 152 different citizenships have been identified in 124 countries across the world. • At least 510 trafficking flows have been detected. • Some 64 per cent of convicted traffickers are citizens of the convicting country. • Some 72 per cent of convicted traffickers are men, and 28 per cent are women. • 49 per cent of detected victims are adult women. • 33 per cent of detected victims are children. Much effort has been put into raising awareness about the issue by numerous organizations, governments and charities. Many governments are actively tackling the issue through the development of countertrafficking policies and responses, as well as providing protection and assistance to victims of trafficking. However, positive action from many stakeholders, including industry and the
Secondly, airports provide an ideal environment to raise awareness to the public. Options might be video presentations, exhibits, handouts or PA announcements. There is a wealth of information and resources available, and ACI is happy to assist airports in identifying the right resources for their environment.³ Thirdly, airports can engage with their local community and schools to raise awareness with students and parents about the dangers of human trafficking, and how to deal with suspected traffickers approaching them or their friends. Case study: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport One example of an airport playing an active role in helping to combat trafficking, is a project undertaken by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in 2015, in partnership with the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI). IHTI was established in 2014 as a programme of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and connects with student leaders and young professionals to educate and advocate for the end of human trafficking. One of the ways that IHTI engages with ACI WORLD REPORT
ACI World Report - July 2016