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United Front for Children:
Global Efforts to Combat Sexual Trafficking
in Travel and Tourism

University of Minnesota

Coffman Memorial Union
Theater


April 21, 2006

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. One of the consequences of easy and cheap global travel is an increase in the reported sexual exploitation of children in tourist destinations.

On April 21, 2006, the Human Rights Program will host a conference to explore the relationship between tourism and child sex trafficking and to address the human rights implications of this nexus. The conference, entitled “United Front for Children: Global Efforts to Combat Sexual Trafficking in Travel and Tourism” is meant to engage four sectors: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, government agencies and corporations, each of which approaches the issue of child trafficking differently.

The conference is free, but registration is required as space is limited to 425 participants.

The public is welcome to attend the first full day of the conference, on Friday, April 21, in the Theater on the first floor of Coffman Memorial Union. Featured presenters include national and international experts, including Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn (Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography), Ambassador John Miller of the U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and CEO of the Carlson Companies, as well as leaders of many well-respected NGOs in the field.

The conference is sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota, along with representatives of academia, NGOs, and businesses, in an effort to strengthen partnerships and norms on prevention, protection and prosecution regarding sexual trafficking and exploitation of children.

For more information contact hrminor@umn.edu or (612) 624-8384.