AH&LA STATEMENT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The lodging industry condemns all forms of human trafficking, including that which has as its purpose the sexual exploitation of men, women, or children.
State and federal law makes such activity a crime and applies to all businesses and persons within their jurisdictions. This includes lodging establishments. which are often subject to licensing requirements that prohibit the knowing use of their premises for illegal or immoral purposes. All employees are expected to comply and are encouraged to alert the authorities if there is suspected trafficking in their hotel.
AH&LA has information and resources to assist hoteliers with identifying and combatting this issue, including a new online course developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, “The Role of Hospitality in Preventing and Reacting to Child Trafficking.”