The Port of Seattle is implementing a new human trafficking awareness training to help 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.

Developed in partnership with Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), the training marks the first proprietary anti-human trafficking training developed by a port authority.

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 as well as in-person trainings. 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 its own law enforcement-specific human trafficking intervention training.

According to the Port of Seattle, Washington state had the 13th highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2018. In King County, an estimated 500 to 700 children are prostituted annually, some are as young as nine years old; and there are more than 100 websites for soliciting sex in the Seattle area, many of which are used for human trafficking purposes.

For more information of the Port’s strategy to combat human trafficking, visit this website.