Human trafficking - modern day slavery - is not just a problem in developing nations. Estimates show that thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked in the United States each year primarily for sexual or labor exploitation. Trafficking networks often rely on legitimate businesses to sustain their operations and infrastructure.
Your Role in Preventing Human Trafficking:
Recognize the Signs
Hotels are one of many venues that traffickers use to exploit their victims. As a result, industry leaders are increasingly recognizing the unique role they can play in preventing and disrupting this crime.
Traffickers use hotel and motel rooms when setting up encounters between victims of sex trafficking and those individuals purchasing sex. Labor trafficking is also present in both the hotel industry's workforce and in the supply chain of its products. This criminal activity presents a great risk for the safety and security of hotel businesses, as well as legitimate hotel customers. Traffickers are capitalizing on the lack of awareness around this issue within the hotel industry. All too often, they continue to exploit their victims unchecked because staff, managers, and executives do not know what to look for.
Unpacking Human Trafficking
A survey of state laws targeting human trafficking in the hospitality industry.
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Resources
- Social Media Toolkit from Polaris
- ECPAT-USA's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month page
- Blue Campaign's #WearBlueDay
Order Online Training Program Today
Fortunately, there are many ways in which the hotel industry can help prevent and combat human trafficking. This 30-minute online training program addresses the issue of human trafficking and discusses the intersections between human trafficking and the hospitality industry.
Objectives of the course:
- Define human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children;
- Identify individuals who are most at risk for human trafficking;
- Understand the difference between labor and sex trafficking specific to the hotel sector;
- Explain the role of hospitality employees in responding to this issue.
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Want to learn more on how to combat human trafficking? See suggested tools below.
Actions You Can Take
- Display the Awareness Poster in your office.
- Hand out the Human Trafficking Indicators card.
- Check out other Department of Homeland Security anti-human trafficking materials on the Blue Campaign Website.
- Learn more about your responsibilities as an employer.
- Be a conscientious consumer as you make purchases for your business. Refer to the Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor.
- Share your ideas on how the Department and your company can help raise awareness and combat human trafficking.
More Resources To Combat Human Trafficking:
- Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report
- Department of Health and Human Services Resources
- Department of Justice Resources
- The Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign
- Lodging Security Officer Program
- Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking
- Alliance Against Human Trafficking
- The Polaris Project
- EI Human Trafficking DVD
- EI's "The Role of Hospitality in Preventing and Reacting to Child Trafficking" Course
- International Tourism Partnership Know-How Guide and Resources to Addressing Human Trafficking
- Immigration & Customs Enforcement Human Trafficking
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Child Sexual Exploitation
REPORT SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT: Call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at (866) 347-2423 or you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).