Malaysia Airlines to train staff to combat human traffic
Malaysia Airlines is planning to train its employees to spot and identify possible victims of human trafficking among the passengers and after report any suspicious activities to the authorities. The company will undertake training activities throughout 2018, Claudia Cadena, chief human resources officer at Malaysia Airlines, told Human Resources.
As for now, MAB is working on how staff training will be carried out. The internal company's trainers are taking a “train the trainer” session organized by The Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-Migrant Smuggling Council (MAPO). After completing this session, they will conduct training for Malaysia Airlines's employees – cabin crew, ground and airport employees and office staff.
The announced training is in line with the Group's ongoing efforts in supporting the work of enforcement in the fight against human trafficking. Thus, on November 15, 2017, the Malaysia Aviation Group launched its anti-human and anti-wildlife trafficking campaign, organizing a thematic exhibition at KL International Airport. The exhibition had been holding for three days and aimed to educate the public on human and wildlife trafficking issues.
According to the company's official statement, wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest organized crime activity after the trafficking of humans, drugs, and counterfeiting. It is an industry that generates more than $20 billion in profits annually and “this trade reduces biodiversity, destroys fragile ecosystems, threatens wildlife with extinction, fuels corruption and undermines governance.”
“We are working closely with MAPO on human trafficking, a crime that ranks among the worst forms of human rights abuse and is the lifeblood of many organized criminal groups,” Malaysia Airlines Berhad's Executive Counsel, Nik Azli Abu Zahar said in an official press release. “Criminals rely heavily on air transportation to smuggle victims from one place to another and we wish to help put a stop to this.”
MAG developed its policy against human trafficking in August 2016. Since then, the company organized talks and training internally, with more than 4,000 of its front liners. Also, it included wildlife trafficking videos in its In-Flight Entertainment Systems fleetwide, and presented an anti-wildlife trafficking statement on all of its passenger check-in countertops “to serve as a reminder and create awareness amongst the traveling public.”
According to Trafficking in Persons report 2017, the Malaysian government in 2016, reported identifying 3,411 potential trafficking victims, of which 1,558 was confirmed to be trafficking victims indeed. This number marked increase over the 305 victims confirmed in 2015.
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