One group that traffickers profit from is travelling business men. Far from their wives, kids, and friends back home, it is easier to pay for sex while travelling than it would be at home. There is an element of anonymity to it, which many guys prefer when seeking out sex for pay.
Unfortunately, human trafficking victims fall prey to these customers, and sometimes it is not that easy to tell the difference between a sex worker and a trafficking victim.
But just as business men can be part of the problem, they can also be part of the solution. Business Travellers Against Human Trafficking is a great online source for those who travel and want to do good.
The site offers the following:
- Articles about sex trafficking
- Info videos about sex trafficking
- A list of signs to look for to spot a human trafficking victim
- A way to report what you have seen
- A list of things you can do, as a traveller, to stop trafficking
I hope this is a good resource for those of you who take your work on the road. For more information on anti-trafficking efforts in the area of tourism, check out the UN’s Tourism Code of Conduct. For another list of signs to identify a sex trafficking victim, check out Red Flags by the Polaris Project.