International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) to Become a Signatory to The Code, a Tourism Industry Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

ITMI is the Premier Institute for Professional Tour Directors and Guides and the First School to Integrate Human Trafficking Awareness Education into its Curriculum

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Ted Bravos

As a leader in the education and certification of professional tour directors, guides and tourism industry workers, it is our responsibility to inform our students and partners about this global crime, said Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 12, 2012

The International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) is proud to announce that it has been accepted as a member to the ECPAT Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. ITMI joins industry leaders including the Carlson Companies, Sabre Holdings, Hilton Worldwide and Delta Airlines in fighting modern day slavery.

“As a leader in the education and certification of professional tour directors, guides and tourism industry workers, it is our responsibility to inform our students and partners about this global crime,” said Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI. “By providing them with the training to recognize and report potential traffickers, travel and tourism professionals can make a tremendous impact in helping to end this 21st Century slavery.”

“We are delighted to welcome ITMI as a signatory to the Code of Conduct,” says Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA. “This will ensure that travel and tourism students learn from their very introduction to the industry that child sex tourism is unacceptable and illegal everywhere. ITMI’s leadership in providing training will spread the word far and wide.”

As part of its commitment to fight human trafficking worldwide, ITMI has integrated a human trafficking awareness module into its curriculum. Tourism industry workers are on the front lines, with proper instruction they can identify and report human traffickers. ITMI is pleased to offer this valuable education to tour directors, guides, motor coach drivers and tourism and hospitality industry professionals.

What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a $32 billion global industry. Human Trafficking involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through the use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them.

Exploitation of others for profit includes:

  •     Forced labor
  •     Sex trafficking
  •     ‘Harvesting’ of organs
  •     Debt bondage
  •     Child sex tourism
  •     Child pornography
  •     Child marriage
  •     Child soldiers
  •     Infants sold for adoption
  •     Organized begging rings

ITMI has recently added a human trafficking awareness module to all of its training and certification programs for tour directors, guides and hospitality industry workers.

About ITMI:
Since 1976, ITMI has been the premier training and certification institute for travel and tourism professionals. For more information about ITMI contact Annemarie Osborne (415) 957-9489 or Annemarie.osborne(at)gmail(dot)com or visit: http://www.itmisf.com.

About ECPAT-USA:
ECPAT-USA is a children’s rights organization that fights to protect children worldwide from exploitation and trafficking through advocacy, awareness, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of the ECPAT International network, with offices in 73 countries. For more information visit http://www.ecpatusa.org.
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