Delta Donates Over 100 Flights To Help Human Trafficking Survivors
Delta Air Lines has donated more than 100 flights to help fly human trafficking survivors through their mileage donation program, SkyWish. Now, they’ve committed an additional $1.5 million to Polaris, the operator of the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
This funding will help Polaris with data analysis that’s aimed at curbing human trafficking in the United States and will help ensure the hotline has staff working to answer the 200 to 300 contacts made every day. More than 70% of labor trafficking survivors say they travel on planes to the U.S. as part of their recruitment, according to a July 2018 Polaris report. On top of that, almost 40% of human trafficking survivors and traffickers reported flying for the purposes of exploitation.
Throughout the years, Delta has worked on a number of initiatives to help bring awareness to human trafficking, including an in-flight video, giving survivors mentorship and career development opportunities, and training employees on how to spot and report human trafficking.
Delta donated $1 million to Polaris in 2017. Since then, there has been a 36% increase in survivor contacts.
“It’s rewarding to see tangible results of our partnership with Polaris helping the fight against human trafficking, and watching our support change lives,” Allison Ausband, senior vice president of in-flight service at Delta and leader of the company’s executive steering committee against human trafficking, said in a statement. “The problem of human trafficking has to be aggressively combatted from every angle, and for Delta that means getting our nearly 200 million customers and 80,000 employees onboard in the fight. We all have a role to play and can make a difference.”
Members of Delta’s SkyMiles rewards program can give their miles to Polaris to help survivors.