As meeting and conference planners, we have the ability to bring this issue to light. Our influence and connections with hotel managers can help stop child sex trafficking.
The principals of Nix Conference & Meeting Management first learned about sex trafficking from a client. We soon realized that our travel industry expertise and connections could make a real difference for victims.
We began addressing sex trafficking with every hotel where we do business as part of our corporate responsibility program. We encourage hotel managers to educate employees on human trafficking and to consider signing the ECPAT Code of Conduct.
Nix led the charge among meeting planners worldwide by initiating and signing the first-ever ECPAT-USA Meeting Planners Code of Conduct.
We created the social action organization Exchange Initiative to present the “IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking.” IGNITE was the first conference to bring together law enforcement, corporate executives, travel planners, community leaders, and educators in the battle against sex trafficking.
Our mission was truly fulfilled when we launched the free mobile app TraffickCam which empowers travelers to anonymously photograph hotel rooms and upload data to a national law enforcement database. In the first six weeks, more than 35 million people learned about the sex trafficking issue and 75,000 downloaded the app.
As we continue our work educating the public and the travel industry about sex trafficking and supporting the TraffickCam app, we also are working on these important initiatives:
- Clearinghouse for Certified Investigator Training Resources
- National Database of Human Trafficking Organizations
- Community Action Plan Resource Center