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PCMA signs up to fight human trafficking

by Stuart Wood

Leading industry association PCMA has committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.

In partnership with US anti-child trafficking organisation ECPAT-USA, The Code is a voluntary set of business principles that companies and organisations in the travel, business travel and tourism industries can implement to prevent and eradicate the trafficking and exploitation of children.

The initiative and commitment to The Code and partnership with ECPAT-USA, which engages with the private sector to drive innovation in protecting children around the world, is designed to see the world’s largest network of business events strategists advocate, build awareness and act on the issue.

The signing of The Code was announced by PCMA Foundation Chair and President of Maritz Global Events, David Peckinpaugh (pictured), during the association’s annual Convening Leaders conference, taking place 6-9 January, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“As an industry, currently worth over $150bn, we have the power of advocating and raising awareness of the human trafficking epidemic, and have a stronger voice for the vulnerable, whose opinions and opportunities have been taken away from them”, said Peckinpaugh. “Together with ECPAT-USA and other participating organisations, we are committed to doing everything in our power to end human trafficking.”

Peckinpaugh is also presenting a session at Convening Leaders which examines the human trafficking epidemic.

“One of ECPAT-USA’s main focuses — and essential tools for ending child sex trafficking — is engagement with the private sector, including ensuring as many associates in the travel industry are educated about this urgent issue”, said Michelle Guelbart, director of private sector engagement at ECPAT-USA. “This new collaborative partnership with PCMA helps expand that mission to thousands more and will help protect countless more children from exploitation.”

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