No Vacancy For Child Sex Traffickers Impact Report

The Efficacy of ECPAT-USA's Work to Prevent and Disrupt the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Hotels


No Vacancy Blog series 

Over the next few weeks, we will share a series of blogs that will educate readers about this issue, highlight stakeholders who can help fight child sex trafficking, and provide ideas from the report for how to get involved.

Part 1: Is There Really No Vacancy for Child Sex Traffickers? By Michelle Guelbart

Part 2: How You Can Fight Child Sex Trafficking on Your Next Trip By Julia Wejchert

Part 3: How Hotels Can Fight Trafficking By Julia Wejchert

Part 4: What Governments Can Do to Combat Child Sex Trafficking By Julia Wejchert

Part 5: How the Meetings and Events Industry Can Help Stop Child Sex Trafficking By Julia Wejchert



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. The report includes a discussion about why and how ECPAT-USA works with the hospitality industry, a description of the resources and tools that are now available to the hospitality industry throughout the United States, a description of the extent and impact of training, and recommendations for how to continue and expand the success that has been achieved. We now know that half of all hotels in the U.S. have training about how to prevent and disrupt child sex trafficking and at least 35% of those have ECPAT-USA training, but there is still more work to be done.