Bangkok (Thailand) – 15 July 2012 – Sabre Holdings has joined members of the travel and tourism industry to fight sexual exploitation of children by becoming the 8th approved member to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code).
Sabre is the first travel technology company of its kind to sign The Code and will use its unique position to raise awareness about child sex trafficking and child sex tourism in the industry. Additionally, it will look at ways to condemn child trafficking and exploitation, including providing training to its 10,000 global employees so they are more informed about the issue. We are also happy to hear that Sabre will also explore ways to raise awareness about human trafficking with its airline, hotel, travel agency, and corporate customers, as well as directly to travelers who use its online booking tools, Travelocity.com, lastminute.com, and Zuji.com.
CEO Sam Gilliland voiced his pride in Sabre’s groundbreaking work: “Human trafficking is one of the most lucrative, widespread, and fastest-growing crimes, and often the travel and tourism industry is an unwilling and unknowing participant used by traffickers. Consequently, we are uniquely positioned to be a driving force in putting an end to these horrific crimes.”
“Having a global technology company like Sabre join The Code is an important step forward in child protection. There is great potential to leverage their technology to address exploitation,” said Carol Smolenski, Executive Director at ECPAT-USA, “It is also encouraging that they are willing to associate their brand with an organization that works on a difficult issue. Corporations that are willing to take this step have a genuine passion for the industry and the welfare of children, and I hope we continue to find support from more of these altruistic companies.”
Dr. Camelia Tepelu
Secretariat Coordinator, Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism
ECPAT USA, Ph: +1 718 935 9192 Fax: + 1 718 935 9173, Email: email@example.com