The horrific crime of human trafficking impacts millions of people around the world. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created the Blue Campaign to shed much-needed light on what it is, the indicators of human trafficking, and how to report suspected activity.
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What is human trafficking?
According to the DHS, human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It’s exploitation that amounts to modern-day slavery.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates 24.9 million people around the globe were in forced labor as of 2016.
Victims can be of any age, race, religious affiliation, gender identity, or nationality.
Vulnerable populations are targeted, such as children, individuals without lawful immigration status, those with debts, and those who are isolated, impoverished, or disabled.
How can hotels help?
Traffickers often take advantage of the privacy and anonymity accessible through the hospitality industry, especially hotels and motels.
Below are educational tools and hotlines you can share with your hotel staff that can help.
To report suspected human trafficking, call 1-866-347-2423.
To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, call 1-888-373-7888.
How does Visual Matrix help?
In addition to supporting the Blue Campaign and #WearBlueDay, our mobile operating platform (MOP) has a built-in panic button to help keep hotel staff safe when working alone in rooms. One tap on their mobile device, and MOP’s panic button can:
Automatically activates the device’s camera to start recording
Automatically sends text messages and calls designated staff, like a manager, supervisor, and security guard
Automatically tells you the location of the team member in trouble