Target: CEO of Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger
Goal: Strengthen Disney World’s employee screening process to protect children from sexual predators
Since 2006, 35 Disney World employees have been arrested and charged for sex crimes, possessing child pornography or trying to meet minors for sex. Disney World receives an average of 17 million visitors annually, the majority of them being minors. Therefore, the Walt Disney Company should take stronger precautions to protect those children who visit.
Disney World is found most appealing by children who have seen the company’s movies or want to enjoy its various theme parks. Unfortunately, it is also very appealing to those trying to prey on minors. According to a CNN article, one employee who was arrested in a sting was charged with trying to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex in order to “fulfill a fantasy.” The employee, Allen Treaster, who worked as a concierge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, admitted to having sex with a minor three weeks prior to his arrest.
The other employees arrested worked as security guards, costumers and tour guides. Fortunately, 32 of those who have been arrested have been convicted. However, these recent stings show that more needs to be done in order to protect the safety of minors who visit Disney World. Therefore, by signing the petition below you urge CEO Robert Iger to take a better look at the screening process of his employees in order to ensure that Disney World remains both a fun and safe experience for children.
Dear CEO of Walter Disney Company Robert Iger,
In a round of recent stings, several Disney World employees have been arrested for sex crimes involving children, the possession of child pornography and trying to meet up with minors for sex. In total, 35 have been arrested along with several Universal Studios and SeaWorld employees.
Although the actions of a few should not reflect on the company as a whole, stronger measures need to be taken to protect the children who visit Disney World On behalf of the millions of children who visit your destination each and every year. We urge you to protect their safety by continuing to act quickly when responding to sex crimes. However, it is imperative that other hiring methods are pursued in order to prevent putting children in harm’s way in the first place.
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