Jennifer Keltner Founder of Rescue Party Give Share Lodging and meetings editor Donna M. Airoldi: How are business travel and human trafficking linked?With $150 billion in net profit going to human traffickers, they are targeting every industry. We are inadvertently targeted with airlines specifically because they are being used to transport people. We're all on planes. Corporations are on planes. Business travelers can keep their eyes open to signs all around them because this is happening on business trips. A lot of people are nervous about getting involved, but if [something] doesn't feel right, there's the national human trafficking hotline: 888-373-7888.You previously managed Toyota Motor North America's travel and meetings program. What problems did you see?I had a hotel share details of a sting operation at a hotel we were working with. Properties that we would have corporate travelers stay in are not exempt from being targeted. I've had other situations where travelers saw prostitutes in the hotel and reported it. I wasn't equipped to know what to do then. I think that's the problem today: We can't stand by "I didn't know." It's become such a big topic that we should be in a position to make changes in corporate travel policies, as well as how we go about our day to day as corporate travel managers and what we should do.Do travel managers have the power to impact the problem?Some of the power is just using our voice for good. We should be working within our own human resource [department], and corporate social responsibility should be reporting these situations. We are in a position to challenge hotels. We should tell hotels that we are concerned about [any] reports. If it isn't looked at and reviewed correctly, we may have to put travelers in another property. Corporate travel managers are in a difficult position. I was never in a position to represent my company on this issue. I had to make sure that at speaking engagements I stated that this was of my own opinion and did not represent my company's point of view. I started Rescue Party Give to bring awareness [and raise money for nonprofit organizations fighting human trafficking]. We can challenge the corporations that have looked the other way. We've all talked about how the Super Bowl is the largest day for human trafficking in the U.S. A young meeting planner told me she was tasked with [showing] young girls up to a large corporate suite, then was called and [told] they wanted the next set of women to be brought up. That's when she said no. We're caught in so many situations of people in fear of losing their jobs by bringing up these things.You first became involved in combatting human trafficking when you were a travel buyer. What pushed you in that direction and then to pursue that mission full time?My brother-in-law left his law firm a decade ago to join the International Justice Mission, [a nonprofit fighting human trafficking]. I opened my eyes. I then became an advisor for ECPAT [an anti-child-trafficking organization]. Then I realized my passion was larger. I couldn't stay at Toyota. I think of children out there right now being human trafficked. That's where I'm finding this passion to make a difference.In what ways has the business travel industry done its part?I have to thank American Airlines for donating four tickets to Rescue Party Give. We're going to take two people that came to [our March] event and visit the IJM operation in the Dominican Republic. Delta Airlines is amazing. They saw this as an issue over a decade ago. And Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Sabre did Passport to Freedom. HRS Global [Hotel Solutions] has done a good job. Marriott stepped in and is doing an amazing job, but it took over a decade. And now there's a difference because there are laws finally coming in and penalties that are pushing the hotels to open their eyes. I think it's the fear of potentially being sued because there are situations where the victims can claim the hotels had knowingly understood this was happening.What could the corporate travel world be doing better?Corporate travel managers can continue to ask their suppliers and maybe go so far as vetting closer each property in their program to see what is really happening with [human trafficking] training. Maybe there needs to be an auditing aspect [of the training]. Then the corporate travel manager can share with their own organization the understanding of this situation and push their companies more to be stronger on [corporate social responsibility] communication on human trafficking.