Human Traffic Watch

Largest U.S. Hotel Companies Work to Prevent Human Trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Carlson, owner of Radisson Hotels and other chains, was the first U.S. travel and hospitality company to sign “the Code,” and has since been joined by the Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, the Real Hospitality Group and Hilton Worldwide, among several other U.S. companies.

“Some girls are tattooed with things like ‘Daddy’s girl,'” a sign that she may have been branded by her captor, said Brenda Schultz, who oversees Carlson’s hotel training program, in an interview with the New York Times. Schultz added that housekeeping staff at Carlson-owned hotels is trained to identify signs of prostitution, like an unusually large number of electronic devices in guest rooms or several condoms in the wastebasket.

Hilton Worldwide, which already supported several ECPAT principles before actually signed the Code in 2011, has training programs at both the leadership and department levels to teach hotel employees to identify and recognize illicit activities and better understand the issues surrounding child trafficking.

Source: justmeans

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