trafficking in the Hospitality Industry
Due to the anonymous, risk-free nature of the hospitality industry, children across the globe are exploited in hotels—ranging from budget properties to luxury resorts. Hotel associates are uniquely situated to identify and report suspicious activity. From check-in to check-out there are a number of indicators victims and traffickers exhibit during the time they are on a hotel property. With proper training, a front desk agent or a housekeeper can notice that something is not right and respond.
States in the US are also adopting laws requiring hotels to post signage in the front and back of house of properties. To address the issue, your hotel can proactively address human trafficking and child exploitation by distributing ECPAT-USA's hospitality-specific material. ECPAT-USA's tools include posters for the back of house, front of house, indicator cards, checklists, e-learning, and the most comprehensive tool, The Code. ECPAT-USA's materials can help you get ahead of laws by posting our general posters or become compliant by posting your state's required poster.
Tools and Resources to combat trafficking in hotels
Make your hotel a champion for children. Download, print, and post our resources on your property. Bring protection to vulnerable children and victims of trafficking by providing training to your associates and adopting our Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct.
Impact REport: No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers
Over the past thirteen years, ECPAT-USA has been engaging the United States travel and tourism industry to protect children from sex trafficking. We have done that by working with hotel brands to implement policies and training to alert hospitality associates of their unique role in stopping human trafficking. Now, corporate policies against human trafficking and child exploitation are industry standard. Training is best practice.
No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers reveals exactly how many hotels have training, including the findings of an evaluation study conducted by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service demonstrating the results of ECPAT-USA’s work with hotels.