WHAT: Networking reception and special screening of “SOLD,” a film adaptation of Patricia McCormick’s acclaimed novel. SOLD is the story of a young girl who is trafficked from her village in Nepal to a brothel in Kolkata, India. The screening was presented in partnership with ECPAT, a network of organizations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children around the world.
WHY: SITE Global officially joined ECPAT’s efforts when it signed the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct on May 18, 2015. Michelle Guelbart, MSW, ECPAT USA’s director of private sector engagement, attended the reception and screening, and fielded questions after the movie. She explained that the issue is global and human trafficking happens in developed countries, including Canada, as well as developing countries.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Support the initiatives of ECPAT and Meeting Planners Against Human Trafficking (MPAHT), a Canadian initiative to address the issue. Contribute to TraffickCam, an app for downloading pictures of hotel rooms, which can then be referenced by law enforcement agencies.