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AASA takes a stand against child trafficking

AASA is very pleased to advise that on Friday 17 April 2015, the Chief Executive Officer, Chris Zweigenthal, signed a pledge in support of the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). The signing ceremony took place during a special media briefing during the World Travel Mart Africa (WTM Africa) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town.  The pledge was signed with Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) the Local Code Representative for South Africa.  Several other tourism organizations including the National Department of Tourism, WTM, FEDHASA, SAACI, and SAYTC signed the pledge as well.

"In my brief address to the media, I advised that when approached by FTT to join this initiative, it was an absolute no-brainer. Regrettably, criminals use airlines as a conduit for the transport of children against their will and it is therefore essential that the airline industry do everything possible to raise awareness of this practice and contribute to the rooting out of this terrible scourge, through where possible, the identification of the perpetrators and victims and raising the alarm with the authorities. From a human, ethical and moral perspective, it is a natural course to extend this awareness into business.

I will further engage with member airlines to support this project and called for persons in business, public, and private institutions and Government to support this very important cause and initiative." 

Chris Zweigenthal
Chief Executive Officer
21 April 2015

Download the signed document here: AASA signed declaration support the Child Protection Code of Conduct