MECPATHS continues to expand its outreach to support hotels in raising awareness across the hospitality industry on trafficking and sexual exploitation which happens, globally. With the hotel industry, very much focused on ensuring all of their guests enjoy a safe and positive experience whilst in their care, MECPATHS provides an additional child-centred learning opportunity to increase this approach of care.
We work to ensure that all members of our global community are aware of child trafficking, exploitation and possible harms that children may encounter. We strive to support those who work in the hotel industry to be diligent and feel comfortable if faced with a possible child trafficking or exploitation encounter. Our core focus remains the safety of all, the growth of awareness and the reduction and removal of harm.
Hotels around the world offer a privacy which many of us, as guests, enjoy. We remain mindful however that there are those who will take advantage of this privacy and use it in a harmful way. The anonymity which hotel bookings now offer can be utilised to move children through channels of harm, with hotel staff and management unaware of the activity. We believe that hotel staff are located at the frontline of child protective care in the hospitality sector. They are the eyes and ears for the voiceless and vulnerable.
We have developed a programme of awareness which we deliver to hotel staff groups on-site. The training programme takes less than 1 hour and may make the difference for those caught in trafficking. We are conscientious, passionate and professional. We seek to work in partnership with hotels and strengthen all opportunities for vulnerable people to be rescued. Following our training presentation, we offer staff and management the opportunity to ask any questions and help to answer any queries they may have about trafficking. We work in partnership with The Gardaí and The AHTU to educate and grow capacity.