Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide. The ILO estimates that at any given time, 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage. Human trafficking is a clandestine trade that can exist in many industries however the hospitality sector proves to be attractive to traffickers who capitalize on the sector’s privacy and anonymity.
What BCHA is Doing To Help
BCHA believes that the hotel industry, along with partners and stakeholders, can play an important role in putting an end to human trafficking by training and educating their staff to be able to recognize the signs and potential red flags.
Provided below are a number of resources that can be referenced for additional information on human trafficking: