“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, predators profit from the control and exploitation of others,” says Nancy Rivard, founder and president of Airline Ambassadors International.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 28, 2012
March 28, 2012 – Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) conducted the first-ever human trafficking awareness training for professional tour directors and guides at the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) Symposium in Sacramento, California in January.
“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, predators profit from the control and exploitation of others,” says Nancy Rivard, founder and president of Airline Ambassadors International. “Victims are kept powerless, especially when being moved from country to country where they don’t speak the language.”
“When Nancy Rivard told Symposium participants that millions of women and children are abducted and sold into slavery each year, she touched the hearts of everyone in the room,” notes Ted Bravos, CEO of ITMI. “The children who were orphaned by the earthquake in Haiti are easy targets for human traffickers, AAI is now building safe houses for these orphans. ITMI together with the tour directors in attendance raised enough money to build one safe house, which will be dedicated in Haiti in April.”
Human trafficking is the fastest growing business in the world and the most important human rights issue of our time. AAI is the only international aid and development organization to leverage the capabilities and expertise of the airline industry and to teach travel and tourism professionals how to recognize and report human trafficking.
“ITMI is proud to be working closely with AAI, to provide tourism industry professionals with the tools to recognize suspicious behavior and report it to the Transportation Security Administration or other law enforcement authorities,” Ted Bravos added.
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 [email protected] or visit: http://www.itmisf.com.
About Airline Ambassadors International:
Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations and recognized by the U.S. Congress. For more information about AAI, contact Nancy Rivard 415-359-8006 or [email protected] or visit http://www.airlineamb.org.