The Port of Seattle recently announced the implementation of a new human trafficking awareness training for their employees, which developed in partnership with Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST). This training, the first proprietary anti-human trafficking training developed by a port authority, will ensure that Port staff, and others who work at Port facilities, have the knowledge and resources to recognize and respond to instances of human trafficking.

“The Port has made a commitment to safety and security, that includes learning to help spot and stop human trafficking. This training will provide our staff and partners with the know-how to interrupt the traffickers that make this issue such a pervasive local concern and reach victims of human trafficking to ensure the airport and our maritime facilities are safe and welcoming for our community,” said Port of Seattle Commission President, Mr. Peter Steinbrueck.

“Human traffickers often move victims through airports and seaports. The Port of Seattle partnered with BEST to create two online human trafficking prevention courses, one for the maritime industry and another for the aviation industry. This training will help stop labor and sex trafficking in Washington state as aviation and maritime workers learn how to recognize and quickly respond to a human trafficking situation. All employees can assist people who are coerced to work against their will to once again find freedom and hope,” explained Mr. Mar Brettmann, CEO of BEST.

The newly launched Port curricula; “Flights to Freedom: Human Trafficking Training Prevention” for aviation employees and “Ports to Freedom: Human Trafficking Training Prevention” for maritime employees, encompasses an e-Learning module and in-person trainings. The trainings ensure Port employees to understand what human trafficking is, as well as how to identify, report and stop human trafficking that may take place in or around Port facilities. During January 2020 National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Port employees participated in one of three in-person trainings. Additionally, the Port Police Department has previously developed their own law enforcement-specific human trafficking intervention training.