Defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, human trafficking is “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor).”
In an interview with Dr. Mar Brettmann of BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking), one AAHOA member, Arvind Patel, recalls learning about human trafficking on television. “You see a 14 or 15 year-old before they were involved. Then you see them again after they’ve been trafficked for three months and it’s just bad. It’s a glaring concern that needs to be addressed, not just by hotels.” Arvind has since begun to take steps in helping raise awareness of the horrific nature that is human trafficking.
‘Don’t Give Danger a Keycard to Your Property’ and ‘Human Trafficking Recognition and Response’ are webinars located in AAHOA’s Resource Library that will help you gain a better understanding of how this criminal enterprise intersects your place of business and why it is imperative to be equipped to recognize and respond in the best possible way when you see a suspected incident of sex trafficking.
Are you protected? For more information regarding the laws protecting those who report suspected crimes in good faith, click here.
Here are some resources provided by the Department of Homeland Security to help you become more aware on the signs of human trafficking.