120 – Hotels and Human Trafficking

During this episode 120, Hotels and Human Trafficking, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak discuss how the hotel industry can be involved in human trafficking and what the hotel industry can do to make better changes.  Sandra Morgan looks at the risks of sexual exploitation of sex trafficking happening in a hotel where the owners of the hotel have no idea what’s going on. Sandra talks about a program called ECPAT where hotels can sign up to learn how to create a plan to stop sexual exploitation in their own hotels. This starting point helps hotels decide what their strategy will be to help find a solution in ending child sex trafficking. ECPAT also gives suggestions for hotels to create their own policies and procedures. In order to end child sexual exploitation, we must recognize the value of every child and educate staff to understand the control mechanisms that the pimps use, and to not blame the victim. Hotels are uniquely positioned to also educate travelers; they can provide information on children’s rights and the prevention of sexual exploitation of children. Hotels can also teach travelers on how to report suspected cases. A community can also develop an engagement strategy and make it a goal to get every hotel in your city to sign on to some form of hotel initiatives to work on this mission to end human trafficking. The first step of interacting with hotels is to connect hotels with law enforcement to develop a working protocol, and then create training that is mutually respectful and engaging so you can teach how to identify signs of sexual exploitation.  First study the ECPAT Code and then find out what is happening in your own community.

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ECPAT CODE  The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children. The Code is a joint venture between the tourism private sector and ECPAT.

OCHTTF/ROYCE/CSUF Seminar Nov 2015   Oree and  Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben

PROMISE – TSA Frank Massolini Chicago: Hotel And Law Enforcement Training initiative

PROMISE has launched ( HALT), the Hotel And Law Enforcement Training initiative, (through the Elgin Illinois Convention Bureau) This initiative provides hotel operators with training on how to identify human trafficking, establish local protocols for reporting the incidents to local police, assists in making law enforcement aware of the commercial implications in making arrests in hotels and creates a network between local hotels to exchange information on traffickers moving victims from hotel to hotel.

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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.

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