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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Southwest to train employees on human trafficking

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Southwest Airlines has launched an online curriculum for its 59,000 employees to bring greater awareness to human trafficking.

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) launched the course Tuesday. The curriculum is designed with Polaris, a non-profit named after the North Star which guided U.S. slaves to freedom that works to end human trafficking. The training is designed to give airline employees a greater ability to recognize occurrences of human trafficking as it happens on Southwest planes.

A large percentage of human trafficking victims are transported via an airplane during some part of their experience, Southwest said.
"We are proud to offer Human Trafficking awareness curriculum to the entire Southwest Team so that we can continue our efforts to identify any signs of Human Trafficking that might occur within our industry," said CEO Gary Kelly in a prepared statement. "This commitment further strengthens our mission of being good caretakers of the Customers and communities that we serve each day."

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion of a person to provide labor or commercial sex, according to Polaris.

Last year, the International Air Transport Association made a resolution denouncing human trafficking and put together a plan of action to try and curtail the problem from the airline perspective.

The IATA doesn't represent Southwest, but does list carriers such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines among its members.

Some of those resolutions include having the airline share best practices, training airline personnel and calling on governments to "establish clear, practical and discreet mechanisms for the reporting of potential trafficking activity in the air transport system," the IATA said.