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Hilton hotel vows to fight child sex trafficking
Hilton Worldwide, the well known hotel chain, is joining the fight against child sex trafficking, USATODAY reports on its website.
Hilton is signing the tourism code of conduct, written by ECPAT International, a global network created to "end child prostitution and trafficking." It is only the second U.S.-based hotel to do so, along with Carlson, parent of Radisson, Radisson Blu and Country Inns and Suites.
The code’s goal is to protect children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industries worldwide. By signing the code, Hilton commits to educating its staff on how to identify potentially illegal relationships involving children at their hotels, and teach staff how to take proper action.
Carol Smolenski, executive director of ECPAT’s USA division, in a statement said, “Some companies fear that associating with the tragic reality of child sex tourism will hurt their corporate brands or public images. The actions of Hilton Worldwide and Delta demonstrate that in fact taking a strong stand against child exploitation and trafficking is good for business."
Girl Scouts refuse to sell cookies
Two young girls are striking out against a long-time tradition: Girl Scout cookies. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva of Ann Arbor, Michigan, stopped selling Girl Scout cookies in 2007 because of questions over the palm oil used in the cookies and possible connections to child and forced labor, according to Annarbor.com.
The girls learned about it after working on a public service project to bring awareness to endangered orangutans in the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.
Recently, Tomtishen and Vorva have partnered with the Rainforest Action Network to try to pressure the Girl Scouts of the USA to stop using the palm oil in its popular cookies.
The companies that bake the cookies began using palm oil as a healthy alternative after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required trans fats to be listed on nutrition labels of manufactured goods. A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts told Annarbor.com that the girls’ efforts are fantastic and that they embody everything the organization is about. But, two bakers the organization uses have no plans to change the recipe.
Coffee shop serves a different type of latte
A coffee shop in California is taking action to help fight sex trafficking worldwide.
Origin Coffee & Tea, a Sacramento coffee house fully staffed by volunteers, will donate some of its profits to organizations fighting sex trafficking.
Owners Mark South and Chad Salstrom are currently deciding on how much of the profits will be donated. They hope to be able to open ten more coffee shops in other cities and continue to help save victims of sex trafficking.
"The goal would be that we would be able to raise as much money as we can to send overseas to save and rescue these girls," South told the Sacramento Bee.