Human Trafficking Prevention
Human Trafficking Prevention Resources
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) is working with members, state and federal agencies and other interested parties, to help the hotel and lodging industry better combat the abhorrent practice of human trafficking. Human trafficking – modern day slavery – is not just a problem in developing nations; estimates show that thousands of men, women, and children are trafficked in the United States each year primarily for sexual or labor exploitation. Trafficking networks often rely on legitimate businesses, like hotels, to sustain their operations and infrastructure.
CHLA encourages every hotel company and property to:
- Educate employees to recognize and report instances of trafficking when perpetrated or attempted in or around hotel properties;
- Establish policies and procedures for reporting of instances or suspected instances of trafficking;
- Encourage other companies and parties in the hotel industry to join the fight against trafficking, and collaborate with those companies that have already done so;
- Encourage business partners in the broader travel industry and beyond to educate their employees and take other necessary steps to combat trafficking; and
- Work collaboratively with law enforcement and policymakers so that industry and government initiatives can be appropriately and efficiently integrated into a society-wide effort to combat trafficking.
AHLA No Room for Trafficking Campaign
No Room for Trafficking is an AHLA national awareness campaign that builds on the industry’s ongoing commitment and work to end human trafficking. Through elevating, assessing, educating and supporting the fight to end human trafficking, AHLA’s campaign will ensure hotel employees are continuously developing a better understanding of ways to identify traffickers and potential victims in hotels.
More Resources to Combat Human Trafficking:
- AB 260 (Santiago, 2017), mandates that lodging establishments post an 8 ½ x 11-inch human trafficking sign, written in no smaller than 16-point font, in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees.
- AHLA No Room for Trafficking Toolkit
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign
- Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report
- Department of Health and Human Services Resources
- Department of Justice Resources
- “Freedom’s Journey Understanding Human Trafficking” – USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
- Lodging Security Officer Program
- Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking
- The Polaris Project
- ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking)
- International Tourism Partnership Know-How Guide and Resources to Addressing Human Trafficking
- Immigration & Customs Enforcement Human Trafficking Overview
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Child Sexual Exploitation
- The Code – Protect Children from Sex Tourism