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Mon, 30 July 2018

Airlines and Airports Play Vital Role in Fight Against Human Trafficking

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 trafficking.

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 will.

Interpol seen pictured here during a border security exercise in Denpasar Airport in Bali, Indonesia. Interpol frequently assists governments, airlines, airports and other organisations around the world in helping them to recognise and combat human trafficking and other criminal activities. Click to enlarge.

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."

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