SITE Joins Fight Against Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence has joined EPCAT, a network of civil organizations dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children, by signing the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct during SITE Nite Europe, which took place Monday in Frankfurt, Germany. The Code is an internationally accepted set of voluntary guidelines that travel and tourism companies can implement to prevent child exploitation and human trafficking. Rhonda Brewer, SITE president and vice president of sales for the Maritz Travel Co., was instrumental in creating this partnership. Maritz Travel signed the code in November 2013. "Signing of the Child-Protection Code signifies SITE's commitment to speak out against sexual exploitation of women and children and our intention to leverage our influence in the industry to help victims," Brewer said.
With more than 2,000 members in 90 countries, SITE will use its channels of communications and events to inform and educate its members, suppliers, and customers about the critical issue and encourage their support for ECPAT's work around the globe. Actions will include training for staff and members, connecting SITE chapters to regional ECPAT offices and the communication of procedures for reporting of possible cases to local authorities.