Sex trafficking is often described as hiding in plain sight. Places where people congregate en masse are often exploited. Traffickers know they can move their victims around in crowds without being detected.
It’s tough for sex trafficking victims to escape on their own. Often, outside intervention is their path to freedom. How can you help stop sex trafficking? It’s simple: see something, say something. Speak up if something seems out of place.
One of the most common areas where sex trafficking and prostitution takes places is at hotels or motels. Here are some tips for spotting sex trafficking at hotels that front desk workers, maids and guests can use to help put an end to sex trafficking.
Here are four signs that sex trafficking may be taking place:
- Older Man & Young Woman at Check-In
It could easily be a father and daughter checking in while Mom parks the car outside. But, if they don’t seem to be acting like a family, something could be up. Red flags include:
- Female looks disheveled
- Avoids eye contact
- Wears a lot of makeup to look older
- Room paid for in cash
- Sneaking Through the Side Door
Sex traffickers will often sneak girls or buyers in through a side door. Employees should monitor side entrances with surveillance cameras. Guests should report large groups being brought in through side doors.
- Men Lingering
Sex traffickers often keep a close watch on the girls or the room where the activities are taking place. If you’re staying on the same floor, here are the red flags you need to report to the front desk and police:
- Men lingering in hallway
- Men lingering in front of a certain door
- Several men repeatedly entering and exiting the same room
- What’s Inside the Room
There are a number of things inside a hotel room that hotel maids and employees should look for that may signal sex trafficking is taking place .
- Declining room service for days in a row
- Large amounts of condoms, cell phones or devices
- One room being charged with a large amount of television pornography
- Very limited belongings
- Rooms booked next to one another
These factors are not always a signal that sex trafficking is taking place, but, if a couple of factors are present, it’s worth reporting these signs to law enforcement.
If you know someone who has been a victim of the sex trade, experienced trial attorney Pat McDonough can help them find justice. Mr. McDonough seeks civil justice by going after hotels and motels. There are no costs to survivors. Reach out for your free, 100% confidential, consultation.