Human Traffic Watch

Signs of sex trafficking, or just “daddy-daughter” dates?

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I noted that one of most obvious red flags for housekeepers is the presence of child pornography in the room — something that wouldn’t apply to harmless, law-abiding fathers vacationing with their daughters. Here is a more complete list, provided by The Ramsey County Attorney’s office and the Minnesota Lodging Association:

– Guests with no luggage or identification
– Rooms paid for in cash
– Anyone who appears fearful, disoriented, or disheveled; who shows signs of physical abuse, who is being restricted from moving or communicating
– Young people made up to look significantly older, with significantly older “boyfriends”
– Guestrooms with continuous refusal of housekeeping services
– Presence of excessive pornography or any child pornography
– Sex paraphernalia
– Numerous smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.
– Multiple credit cards or excessive cash
– Different men coming and going
– Hotel areas in which individuals are loitering/soliciting, or appearing to monitor common areas, or exchanging money
– Use of hotel computers to visit adult websites

In some of these cases, each item alone does probably not warrant suspicion. But in their totality, they paint a concerning picture in which hotel employees justifiably have reason to be concerned.

Source: Minnesota NPR


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