On 14th June, Defence Web carried an article saying that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) acknowledges that the global air transport system can be criminally exploited for the illegal trafficking of people. Although the responsibility for identifying, apprehending and prosecuting those perpetrating human trafficking rests with governments and national law enforcement agencies, the airline industry recognises it can play an important role in helping to prevent this crime. A resolution denouncing human trafficking was passed at the last IATA annual general meeting. The resolution also reaffirmed airlines’ commitment to a number of actions to fight human trafficking. These include sharing of best practices, staff training and reporting. It reports that IATA is also working with airports and other stakeholders in the air transport sector to raise awareness on human trafficking and share guidance material, including the ‘recognise and report’ practice.
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