How to Spot Human Trafficking at Airports

At GBTA Convention 2015, the GBTA Foundation announced a partnership with ECPAT, the leading anti-trafficking policy organization fighting sex tourism. GBTA is working to mobilize the travel industry against child exploitation in travel by encouraging the business travel industry to adopt and implement ECPAT’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, the only voluntary, industry-driven set of guidelines that focuses on the elimination of child exploitation and trafficking.

You may have signed our Board at GBTA Convention in a pledge to support action to end child prostitution and trafficking or you may have read our post about other ways to get involved.


A recent BBC story delved into the stories of the victims of human trafficking showing the horrors they face.

CNN also recently ran a story on how airports can be used as hubs for human trafficking and gave seven telltale warning signs that someone is being trafficked. Among the signs are a traveler who is dressed inappropriately, someone tattooed with a barcode or someone who can’t provide details about their destination or flight information. See the article for the full list.

You can also become more aware of the issues and put in place best practices to know the signs and continue to build your knowledge about the issue using the GBTA toolkit.