COMBAT Trafficking in Human Beings in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

"COMBAT Trafficking in Human Beings in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry" funded by the EC Directorate of Home Affairs under the Internal Security Fund’s targeted call for Trafficking of Human Beings. HOME/2013/ISEC/AG/THB/4000005873.

COMBAT seeks to involve all the relevant hospitality and tourism stakeholders in the design of a preventive and remedial training toolkit that will offer unique, practical, step-by-step guidance for tourism businesses to combat THB. The project combines victim, law-enforcement and business perspectives into in setting up company-wide policies, procedures and communication structures that will identify, deter and prevent trafficking and encourage wider partnerships in combating it.

The project aims:

  • To combat THB not by merely raising awareness among members of staff but by providing effective support structures that actively engage all levels of the organisation in the prevention of THB, protection of both victims and the organisation and remediation of the issue at a more macro-level.
  • To develop and implement policies and strategies to prevent or mitigate THB in hospitality and tourism using robust and scientifically proven frameworks and protocols such as the Three Lines of Defence Model, the Risk Management Cycle Model, the Barriers Model, the Athens Ethical Principles and the Luxor Protocol.
  • To create and sustain an organisational environment where managers and employees who witness THB are encouraged to report incidents, feeling safe that they will be supported and protected and knowing exactly how they can facilitate law enforcement in the effective prosecution of traffickers.
  • To better support trafficking victims immediately when a case is discovered and before authorities and social services take over but also in the longer run as part of its corporate responsibility programme.

Partners: Oxford Brookes University (UK), Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Ratiu Foundation for Democracy (Romania).

Name of Project Contact:

Prof Alexandros Paraskevas - Prof Angela Roper