In support of the United Nations World Day
Against Trafficking in Persons, Airports Council International
(ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA)
have reaffirmed their joint commitment and work to help combat human
Aviation connects the world, carrying more than
four billion passengers a year, but this global network is also
used nefariously by traffickers to transport people against their
Airlines and airports frequently assist
authorities by reporting suspected human trafficking cases, and
making it as difficult as possible for the global air transport
network to be exploited for this evil trade, which affects some 25
million people annually.
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s
Director General and CEO, said, "Human trafficking creates misery
for millions, and helps fund criminal gangs and terrorism.
Aviation is the business of freedom. And we are taking action to
help authorities ensure that our global network is not exploited
for evil ends. As an industry, we have our eyes open, and are
working with governments and law enforcement to stop trafficking.
Through a joint campaign with our airport colleagues, we hope to
further mobilize the aviation industry in the fight against this
abhorrent trade in people’s lives."
Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World,
said, "People trafficking is an appalling crime which we should do
all we can to combat. The safety and security of passengers
remains all airports’ number one priority and the airport
community is determined to work with border authorities and our
partners across the world in helping to put a stop to this
activity. We stand together with our airline colleagues in keeping
our eyes open to the signs of human trafficking. Many of our
airport members are already demonstrating their commitment to the
campaign. We continue to strengthen our combined efforts in
awareness, training, and reporting."