Airlines, rail and shipping companies should be asked to open their books to the authorities to help fight human trafficking, it has been claimed.
A report from politicians from across the UK and Ireland has highlighted concerns about how well airlines in particular cooperate with governments and agencies, and urged them to step up their efforts.
“Private companies could be engaged in work against trafficking,” the report by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) said.
“The most appropriate example in this respect are the airlines most often used in trafficking. There were concerns raised in our evidence about how often and how effectively they cooperated with anti-trafficking investigations.”
The BIPA called on private transport companies to improve their cooperation efforts voluntarily, but warned legislation could be introduced should they fail to do so.