Staff at the Wyndham Travelodge San Diego, California were recently in the news for being complicit in human trafficking activity operating from within the hotel.
One activist heard about it on the news and started a campaign through Change.org
It can be hard to imagine that the slightly run down B&B around the corner from you or the luxury spa hotel in your town could possibly be a trafficking hot spot but time and time again hotels pop-up in the news linked to human trafficking. This is not the first well-known hotel chain we’ve written about; last year we highlighted the Hilton Hotel in China which lost its 5 star rating for running a brothel in the basement; as well as blogging about a trafficking ring selling a girls virginity in a London Hotel for £150,000.
History has shown that the accommodation industry is a prime spot for trafficking activity but history doesn’t have to repeat itself. Global Travel Alert is a campaign to raise awareness about trafficking through two key areas where traffickers operate: the transport and accommodation sector.
Take action in your community: it’s easy, download the door-hanger, pick the biggest hotel to you, contact them and tell them how they can get onboard.
Take action when you travel: whether you’re a business traveller, having a holiday in the sun or a weekend break you could make a difference! Take the door-hanger to wherever you’re staying be it a resort, motel or lodge.
If every receptionist, chef, chambermaid, and every visitor knows what trafficking is, what the signs of trafficking are and what to do about it, then traffickers will soon find hotels have No Room for Trafficking!