Human trafficking is a blight upon humanity. The
wholesale theft of a human being who is sold into a type of slavery, whether
for labor or sex, is fundamentally wrong and a sad stain upon modern society,
and yet, incredibly, this practice still goes on today. It is the second most
profitable illegal activity, and there is a chance that your property could be
involved as a transfer point in this crime.
Victims of human trafficking are usually from
poorer countries and belong to a vulnerable class of people who get caught up in
a web of lies and deception, and ultimately slavery, by promises of the dream
of a better life.
As a hotel operator and business person, you
should be very aware of human trafficking and how you can lower your risk of
exposure to this type of activity in your hotel or resort. Many times these
operations occur within plain sight. Victims will be placed in the lobby or in
a public area on your hotel property, looking like check-in guests waiting in
the queue. They will be dressed in 'holiday' type outfits so they blend in with
your regular guests who are trying to get to their rooms. Other times,
traffickers book rooms under false pretenses to avoid attention and meanwhile
fill the room with victims waiting for the next stage in the trafficking
By training your staff to be alert and on the lookout for
this practice, you can substantially lower the risk of having your facilities
and property become party to this crime. Once your hotel or lobby areas are
known to be not useful anymore to criminals, word will get out that they are to
EI now offers an excellent training video
developed by the experts at Safety Source Productions that offers an easy way
to educate all staff on the risks and "watch signs" of human
The American Hotel & Lodging Association(AH&LA) is opposed to human trafficking and all of its manifestations. They work hard to educate members and offer help to
businesses that fall victim to this crime. Click here to learn more about AH&LA Human Trafficking Awareness Information.
By using the training offered by the Educational
Institute and training your staff to be more aware of the problem of human
trafficking, you are not only helping elevate the awareness of this great
scourge on humanity but also protecting your business potential legal action.
Click here to buy the DVD to train your staff about human trafficking.
About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.
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