Welcome to the first episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals. Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, Eventful invites you to listen in on insightful conversations about hot topics in the meetings and events industry. Subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Anchor, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts to get the latest interviews and analysis of the editorial coverage in Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News and Incentive.
For our inaugural episode, Eventful tackles a topic of growing importance to the events industry. Anywhere from 30 million to 40 million people in the world today are estimated to be victims of human trafficking, held against their will for forced labor or sexual exploitation. Many of them are children.
Loren Edelstein, Northstar Meetings Group's vice president, content director, speaks with Cheryl-Anne Sturken, contributing editor and author of Meetings & Conventions' recent cover story on the topic, about why hotel brands, industry leaders and meeting planners are sounding the alarm on human trafficking, and ways to combat it. The conversation touches on a number of vital points about the issue, including:
- Why human trafficking has become a bigger problem than ever — and why it's a concern for meeting planners.
- Why planners should find out if the hotels at which they are staying have human-trafficking policies.
- What industry organizations are doing to combat this challenge.
- How meeting planners can spot and respond to incidents of human trafficking.
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