The practical toolkit for combating human trafficking and modern slavery was unveiled at a meeting of the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, and the European Hotel Federation by co-author Professor Angela Roper.
The launch is timely for the UN’s Human Rights Day.
It is estimated there are 32,000 trafficking victims in the UK and 1.14 million in Europe, but the true figure could be far higher. Research suggests the true scale of the problem is vast, with potentially 21 million people worldwide the victims of human exploitation and forced labour.
This is important for the hospitality industry which is vulnerable to human trafficking potentially involving either guests or staff. These instances may happen in plain sight but can pass people by if the warning signs are not spotted. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies with a global turnover of more than £36m operating in the UK to register their statement of action on modern slavery, and more countries are expected to follow suit.
This is an excerpt from an article originally published on Green Hotelier.