In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 13, 2013 at 10:00 am
The hospitality industry in Hennepin County is the latest frontline against child sex trafficking.
Hotel employees received training from law enforcement Tuesday to spot possible cases of juvenile sex trafficking. Hospitality employees will be on the look-out for signs such as guests without luggage, rooms paid for in cash and young girls with significantly older males.
Last year, hotel workers in Ramsey County and Minnetonka underwent similar training to help spot suspicious activity and report it to law enforcement. Authorities said hotels and motels are often where underage girls are sold for sex.
Hotel workers are often the first to notice when something isn’t right, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Grant Snyder, who led the training.
“Nobody is better at recognizing problems in their hotel. Recognizing when something’s amiss, when someone needs help or when someone’s in danger. No one’s better at that than hotel employees,” Snyder said. “What we’re trying to do here is engage the hotel employees, engage law enforcement, engage our other partners into a collaboration that allows us on a very expansive, community level to be able to target this on the way that it should be targeted.”
Source: Minnesota Public Radio
In Awareness, Human Trafficking on August 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm
Some heavy hitters in the hospitality industry are trying to do their part to dismantle a common sex-trafficking pipeline.
In almost every recent case involving children sold into sex, the transaction “begins on Backpage.com and then ends up at a local hotel or motel in our community, often-times in a suburban location,” says the Ramsey County Attorney’s office.
Now the county attorney’s office is enlisting the help of hotels through a first-ever training session in Minnesota teaching hotel employees how to spot signs of trafficking within their businesses. Local investigators, prosecutors, and women’s advocates will lead the training Thursday afternoon in Roseville.
One of the featured speakers is Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairwoman of Carlson, the Minneapolis-based hospitality and travel company. About 20 hotels/motels and 75 lodging-industry employees in Ramsey County will also be present.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio
In Awareness, Human Trafficking on January 30, 2012 at 11:24 am
The fastest growing trend in the sex trade is a moving target. The internet allows traffickers to be completely mobile, moving their cash-generating commodities quickly from one hotel to the next, changing cities and even states in rapid succession hoping to stay one jump ahead of the Law and those who would free their victims.
Hotels need to know what to look for. This is new and evolving fast. Training is becoming available. If it’s not in your area call Polaris Project and ask for help. More companies will be available soon. In the meantime, read the news pertinent to your industry and pass it on to your professional associations. When a conference or event planner asks what your businesses stance is on this issue, it would be smart to have an answer.
This is life or death for many of these victims and it can be right under your nose.
(JACQUELINE ZIMOWSKI for nohumantrafficking.org)