Businesses could do more to combat human trafficking

Businesses could do more to combat human trafficking

Lagon said that the airline industry is receiving a lot of pressure from the U.S. government to be more aware of the fact that they are widely used as modes of transportation by human traffickers.

"Many times I have gotten an unsettling feeling that children passengers did not belong with the people that they were with, but without obvious signs of abuse, there was no protocol in place for me to alert anyone about it. I did not know what to do," said Rebekka Kelly, a senior flight attendant for Southwest Airlines who also spoke during the conference call.

Kelly said that this account is not rare and is a red flag that business cooperation with protocol to help apprehend human trafficking could do a lot to help the human trafficking situation.

The questions asked during the conference call led to other questions about the responsibility of other industries. David Thompson, a staff member at St. Edward's University and a member of Storytellers for Social Justice, asked Lagon, "Why doesn't the entertainment industry, specifically television shows such as �CSI' and �Law and Order'that feature episodes centering around a human trafficking theme,ever have any information in closing credits about who to contact if one sees something that resembled the crimes committed in the episode?"

Lagon said that this was a problem that the government is trying to resolve with the entertainment industry. However, if a citizen were to witness something that could hint involvement with forced labor, forced prostitution or any other possibly exploitative conditions, a good number to call would be the Polaris Project Trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888.

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