Training Hotel Staff to Identify Sex Trafficking

A new training video, Making a Difference: Ways to Help Prevent Sex Trafficking, was released by the Ramsey County, Minnesota attorney’s office to help hotel and motel staff spot sex trafficking in their establishments. “In almost every recent case involving child sex trafficking in the state of Minnesota, the illegal transaction begins on Backpage.com and too often ends up at a local hotel or motel in our community,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement. “Our neighborhood children are being trafficked and everyone in our community can do something about it.”

The 20-minute video instructs lodging employees about how to recognize sex trafficking and what to do about it when they see it. Some indicators that sex trafficking could be happening in an establishment are that the guests don’t have luggage, that the rooms are paid for in cash and that guests continuously refuse housekeeping services.

Learn more at Nicole Norfleet’s Star Tribune article: Video aims to train hotel staff to ID sex trafficking.

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