Montréal, 28 September 2016 – Airport Council International (ACI) expressed airports’ commitment to the fight against human trafficking yesterday when Resolution 2 was approved at the 26th Meeting of the ACI World General Assembly.
Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. This is an altogether different crime from smuggling of migrants which involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report for 2014 identified 34,000 people prosecuted with 13,000 convicted, and the International Labour Organization estimated that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour.
Air transport is a commonly used mode of transport for traffickers and airports are ideally positioned to assist, both through training of their own staff in recognizing and dealing with trafficking situations, and by providing information to the public to raise awareness. ACI’s member airports can play a critical role in the fight to suppress human trafficking activity through education, vigilance and a strong reporting culture. This can be accomplished by promoting awareness and training to the airport community.
“Yesterday the ACI Assembly approved a Resolution expressing airports’ commitment to the fight against human trafficking,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “The community of airports have joined forces to combat human trafficking by promoting awareness to the public. Furthermore, ACI’s Global Training department is developing courses that assist airport staff in recognizing and dealing with trafficking situations. We can all play our part in contributing to promoting just and peaceful societies through education, vigilance and a strong reporting culture.”
The Resolution expressed ACI’s commitment to: Promote awareness of human trafficking through media; provide access to training materials and materials for distribution; encourage the incorporation of training into airport staff security awareness programmes on how to detect and report the signs of human trafficking; and, support activities, where possible, of governments, charities and non-governmental organizations who are involved in the prevention of human trafficking.
1. Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, click here.
2. To learn more about ACI member tools to combat human trafficking, click here.
3.To download Resolution 2, click here.
4. For a PDF of this press release, click here.