Safe & Honourable Tourism Program

Effective identification, referral and protection of victims of trafficking

Human trafficking is an organized crime committed both within and across the borders and is a punishable criminal offence in Sri Lanka. Traffickers are known to use force, fraud, deception or coercion on victims for the purpose of either but not limited to sexual or labour exploitation. Human traffickers continue to exploit vulnerable and marginalized communities irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The tourism industry in Sri Lanka therefore should be engaged in advocating ethical business practices, recognise the risks of trafficking within the industry and make their staff aware on the incidents and dangers of trafficking. Tourism authorities should regulate the sector through measures for prevention of trafficking and exploitation. It is also important to raise awareness among the tourist service providers, hotels, tourist police and other entities on the identification, protection and referral of victims of trafficking.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is a United Nations agency that provides services and advice concerning migration to governments and migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrant workers. In October 2022 IOM read a series of free workshops on SAFE & HONOURABLE TOURISM to raise awareness and educate the trade on Human Trafficking and Child Protection. Hotels and villa owners, DMCs and guides attended the workshops. SSL assisted with organization of the event and delivered the Child Protection module.

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