Caesars announces joint work with two dedicated organizations to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
Las Vegas casino and hospitality giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. today announced that it has strengthened its commitment to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children through partnerships with two global organizations that work to prevent and eradicate the issue.
The announcement arrives as part of the company’s initiatives to honor the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. According to a number of organizations, human trafficking is the world’s most rapidly growing crime. The International Labor Organization believes the human trafficking industry annually pulls in an estimated of $150 billion. And women and children represent the majority of victims, studies show.
Caesars revealed today that it has signed the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) of ECPAT-USA, a leading anti-child trafficking policy organization that seeks to put an end to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The Code promotes a set of shared business principles that are promoted to travel and hospitality companies to aid them in the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. Caesars is the first casino company to have signed The Code. The framework established by ECPAT-USA’s initiative encourages companies to offer training and enact a value chain, and to support stakeholders and collaborate with them.
Commenting on Caesars’ involvement in the initiative, the company’s Executive VP of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, Jan Jones Blackhurst, said that they are “deeply committed to eliminating sex trafficking and all other forms of human trafficking in our industry and beyond.”
Caesars Joins ITP
The hotel and casino giant additionally announced today that it has joined fellow hospitality companies as a member of the International Tourism Partnership. Generally speaking, the organization includes industry leaders and provides them with a platform that encourages members to share and adopt the best possible practices to end all forms of human trafficking.
Of Caesars joining ITP’s multi-pronged approach, Madhu Rajesh, Director of the organization, said this important step allows the company and other partners to work together and “make an impact on human rights issues like human trafficking.”
The Las Vegas-based company, which operates gaming and non-gaming resorts in multiple jurisdictions, has created a counter-trafficking program in collaboration with trafficking and trauma expert Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh to prevent and combat the issue.
Among other things, the long-running program involves training of employees to identify human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking indicators across 12 properties in Nevada and North Carolina. To honor these employees, the company said today that it would host two ceremonies as part of its initiatives to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
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