by Suzanne Neufang
HRS was a lead sponsor among several travel industry iconic brands at an L.A. Live event earlier this month that put a spotlight on the scourge of child sex trafficking. On January 17, 600+ people attended a screening of SOLD, a film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick, starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette. Through one girl’s journey in Southeast Asia, the film illustrates the brutality of child trafficking which affects millions of children both domestically and globally.
A number of our fellow business travel industry suppliers supported this event, including Carlson Rezidor, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, Delta Air Lines, The Parking Spot, and TMCs BCD Travel and HRG. All funds raised that evening support ECPAT-USA and their work to create a world where no child is bought, sold, or used for sex. HRS is pleased to see such broad industry support of this initiative to raise awareness of this ongoing human tragedy, and pledges to continue doing its part to keep children safe.
Child trafficking is not merely an issue across the oceans…it happens every day in cities across North America. To learn more about the realities of child trafficking in our region…and the unwitting ways the travel industry plays a role…read this report published by EPCAT in 2016. Those motivated to fiscally support the good work ECPAT does to raise awareness can do so here.