The jacuzzi, maybe? – heated to 31.5º instead of 31º?
Possibly the beef dish in the restaurant was a little too pink?
I know: it was the Margaritas in the rooftop bar, wasn’t it? – a touch too sour?
Hmm, well it must be the upholstery on the armchairs then, surely? – no doubt it was slightly faded?
All very reasonable guesses, yes, but all wide of the mark. It’s demotion was in fact due to the discovery of an underground brothel operating at the hotel, suspected to have contained children and trafficking victims. This was by no means a one-off. A similar brothel has been uncovered running out of a Hilton in Ireland.
So, one would expect that Hilton would be rather eager to sign up for the global Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Alas, Hilton seems determined to continue it’s policy of blind-eye-turning; a policy which appears to be adhered to from the top of the company down to the hotel staff.
This policy needs to change. Hilton need to be under no illusions that they must act now to combat human trafficking.
What can you do to make this happen? Add your name to the hundreds of thousands who have already signed this online petition to make it clear to Hilton that a zero-tolerance stance across their hotel network. The petition demands that Hilton implement and enforce the Code immediately, whilst taking steps to ensure that their staff are adequately trained to detect and report trafficking victims.
Let’s make sure that in the future we’re complaining about the sourness of their Margaritas and not Hilton’s failure to acknowledge the sex trafficking trade operating behind their doors.