COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Recent estimates show that thousands of individuals are trafficked for either sexual or labor exploitation in Texas each year. These traffickers and their networks often rely on legitimate businesses to sustain their operations and infrastructure.

 

Hotels are one of the many different venues that traffickers use to exploit their victims.  This criminal activity presents a great risk to the safety and security of hotel businesses, as well as legitimate customers. The hotel industry must continue to raise awareness of human trafficking and train hotel workers to the vital role that they can play in assisting victims

Complimentary Human Trafficking Training

LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS

The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline found hotels / motels to be a common venue for sex trafficking.  Approximately 10 percent of known trafficking cases reported to them in 2017 occurred in a hotel or motel. It is extremely important that team members are educated on the signs of such activity. Below are some of the suggested tools to combat human trafficking:

 

  • Train all team members to recognize the signs human trafficking. Training resources available at:
  • Web Based Training thru Best Alliance – Complimentary for all THLA/HLAGH members
  • Web based training thru American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • Contact your corporate office or franchise
  • City of Houston Training Program – please contact HLAGH staff to assist with arrangements
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission – please contact HLAGH staff to assist with arrangements

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. Your safety as well as the victim’s safety is paramount.  
  • For emergency situations, contact local law enforcement at 9-1-1, particularly those situations involving threats of imminent violence, physical assault, emergency medical needs, etc.
  • Follow your corporate protocol, such as by notifying management and security. Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) to report suspicious criminal activity to federal law enforcement.
  • Get help (available 24 hour a day) from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/libraryHotline1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)