Orbitz Worldwide Joins the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Partnership With ECPAT-USA Will Establish Corporate Policies and Procedures to
Combat Global Exploitation of Children in the Travel and Tourism Industry
CHICAGO, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading online travel company
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) today announced its commitment to fight commercial
sexual exploitation of children by partnering with ECPAT-USA in support of the
Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct – otherwise known as "The Code."
ECPAT is the leading global network of organizations that is dedicated to
ending child prostitution and recently received the 2013 Conrad N. Hilton
Humanitarian Prize, given annually to an organization that is significantly
alleviating human suffering.
The Code is an industry-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission
to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to
combat the sexual exploitation of children in contexts related to travel. In
support of this mission, Orbitz Worldwide will meet the following six
1. Establish corporate policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of
2. Train employees in children's rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation
and how to report suspected cases.
3. Include a clause in future partner contracts stating a common repudiation
and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
4.Provide information totravelerson children's rights, the prevention of
sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases.
5.Support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual
exploitation of children.
6.Report annually on the company's implementation of Code-related activities.
"The travel industry can be an unwitting facilitator of these crimes as
traffickers use any available means to exploit children," said Orbitz
Worldwide CEO Barney Harford. "In partnering with ECPAT-USA and supporting The
Code, we will use our professional resources and partnerships in the travel
and tourism industry to combat sexual exploitation of children."
"We are thrilled to have an important company like Orbitz Worldwide join the
family of organizations working to protect children," said ECPAT-USA Executive
Director Carol Smolenski. "Companies that sign the Code are having a huge
impact because tens of thousands of people are being trained to identify
victims and to know how to react. We thank Orbitz for joining us to stop child
slavery at the source."
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using
technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase
travel.Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz
(www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com)
and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com).Also within the Orbitz Worldwide
family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label
travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the
world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business
(www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of
all sizes.Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at
ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to
end the commercial sexual exploitation of children through awareness,
advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of the ECPAT
International network, with offices in 73 countries. For more information
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