October 17, 2017
ST. LOUIS, MO – Nix Conference & Meeting Management of St. Louis was honored this month by ECPAT-USA as a Top Member of The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Named for the third year in a row, Nix is among just 21 companies in the U.S. to receive this designation “for their exceptional work to integrate child protection practices into their businesses in 2016.”
For the past five years, Nix has led the charge among meeting planners worldwide to help end sex trafficking in hotels. Nix staff members inform all customers about the issue of trafficking and address the issue of trafficking with the management of every hotel where they do business. Nix also provides annual training for employees and presents workshops and seminars for stakeholders.
Last year, the social action organization they founded, Exchange Initiative, released the TraffickCam app, which enables travelers to anonymously photograph hotel rooms and upload data to a national database that will help law enforcement and investigators locate victims. Developed with researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, TraffickCam has been downloaded more than 136,000 times in just over one year. The TraffickCam database now contains more than 2.84 million photographs from more than 254,000 hotels.
“The first time we helped law enforcement identify a hotel where a trafficked child had been photographed we knew how valuable our travel experience would be in the fight against sex trafficking,” said Molly Hackett, principal of Nix Conference & Meeting Management. “As a socially responsible company, we use our professional resources to create awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking of children.”
A form of modern day slavery, sex trafficking forces children and adults to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Most victims are recruited when they are just 12 to 14 years old, coerced through drugs, violence, debt bondage and intimidation. Up to 300,000 Americans under 18 are lured into the commercial sex trade every year, according to Ark of Hope for Children. Hotels are common venue where traffickers exploit their victims making the travel, meeting planning and hotel industry uniquely positioned to help prevent and disrupt sex trafficking
ABOUT ECPAT & THE CODE
ECPAT-USA is a leading policy organization seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. The ECPAT Code (short for “The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism”) is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. When a tourism company joins The Code they commit to taking specific steps to help protect children. For more information, visit www.thecode.org/about.
ABOUT NIX CONFERENCE & MEETING MANAGEMENT and EXCHANGE INITIATIVE
Nix Conference & Meeting Management, based in St. Louis, manages meetings, conferences and trade shows for associations, religious organizations, businesses and nonprofits. Nix has managed events on four continents and in 17 countries since 1985. Nix leads the charge among meeting planners to end sex trafficking in hotels and founded Exchange Initiative, the developer of the TraffickCam app. For more information, call (314) 645-1455 or visit www.nixassoc.com.
Exchange Initiative provides resources, information and networking solutions to combat sex trafficking in the U.S. Download the TraffickCam app on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) or use the desktop app at www.TraffickCam.com. For more information, visit ExchangeInitiative.com, Facebook.com/TraffickCam and twitter.com/TraffickCam.