HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING & RESOURCES
The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (Azlta) is working with members, state and federal agencies and other interested parties, to help the Lodging & Tourism Industry better combat the abhorrent practice of Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery – is not just a problem in developing nations; estimates show that thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked in the United States each year primarily for Sexual or Labor Exploitation. Trafficking networks often rely on legitimate businesses, like hotels, to sustain their operations and infrastructure.
- Educate employees to recognize and report instances of trafficking when perpetrated or attempted in or around hotel properties;
- Establish policies and procedures for reporting of instances or suspected instances of trafficking;
- Encourage other companies and parties in the hotel industry to join the fight against trafficking, and collaborate with those companies that have already done so;
- Encourage business partners in the broader travel industry and beyond to educate their employees and take other necessary steps to combat trafficking; and
- Work collaboratively with law enforcement and policymakers so that industry and government initiatives can be appropriately and efficiently integrated into a society-wide effort to combat trafficking.
AzLTA and (SAFE) Training Partnership
AzLTA has partnered with SAFE to provide FREE human trafficking training to AzLTA members and their staff.
The SAFE Action Project is a program funded and operated by Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network (AATN) and has partnered with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations – Phoenix.
The SAFE (Safeguarding All From Exploitation) Action Project is a tourism training program designed to elevate awareness and action within the industry to combat human trafficking. Through specialized training and community collaborations, the project provides the travel, hospitality, and tourism industry with the knowledge and skills to recognize and properly report potential human trafficking situations.
These crimes regularly occur in hotels, motels, and resorts, oftentimes unbeknownst to the proprietors, making the property or business a victim as well. Traffickers also use a variety of travel mechanisms to transport victims and carry out their crimes, including the use of rideshare apps and airlines.
The SAFE Action Project aims to bring all of these disciplines to the table to train hospitality and tourism industry professionals on how to recognize, report, and ultimately end human trafficking in Arizona.
- Provide an overview of human trafficking and its impact on the hotel industry
- Discuss common indicators of human trafficking
- Provide action steps for responding to and preventing human trafficking
- Summarize key takeaways and provide additional resources, including video modules with real scenarios and the option to receive more in-depth training
- Individual online training for staff (in English)
- Individual online training for employers (staff training course plus additional modules and resources for owners and managers)
- Group training (in English and Spanish) that employers can use to train their staff in person
This 30-minute training is available to all AzLTA members at no cost. Everyone who completes the training will receive a certificate and be in compliance with SAFE certification, which requires that lodging employees who are likely to interact with victims of human trafficking undergo at least 20 minutes of human trafficking awareness training and education.