In March, the United Nations (UN) will launch a guide that will allow airlines to train their cabin crew on how to identify human trafficking cases on airplanes. Thanks to this document, the personnel will be able to identify traits of people who travel against their will, or are committing a crime linked to trafficking.
If the cabin crew suspects that there is a case of trafficking on board an aircraft, it is necessary to properly assess the situation before initiating any response,”
reported the UN on its website.
The guide will teach, for example, that people with the following characteristics could be victims: those who do not control or carry their identification, or carry a fake one, those who do not know their final destination, or cannot express themselves directly, or have no freedom of movement to separate themselves from the passengers that accompany them.
Since 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, urging Member States to adopt national plans of action to end this. Now, airlines and their staff also join the plan.
The guide is written by the UN Human Rights Office and the International Civil Airplane Organization (ICAO).