Human Traffic Watch

Proposed Ordinance Aims To Fight Human Trafficking at Local Motels

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

proposed ordinance – to be voted on at South San Francisco’s 7 p.m. City Council meeting – aims to fight human trafficking at local motels by requiring them to obtain information of guests.

Law enforcement agencies in San Mateo County are noticing human trafficking has become a problem, wrote Chief of Police Michael Massoni in the ordinance.

In February, South City police arrested a San Francisco couple for trafficking four females – including a 17 year old – at La Quina Inn.

While many South City hotels currently present law enforcement agencies with guest registry logs, many times the information in them isn’t collected or is inadequate, stated Massoni.

Sometimes only a common name and no additional information is recorded, for example.

The ordinance would require hotels to record the information in a guest registry and make that information available to law enforcement upon request.

Source: South San Francisco Patch

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