Motels and hotels are hotspots for sex trafficking. Traffickers market victims on the Internet and use hotels and motels as a venue for exploiting them. Hotel and motel employees are in a position to see things that no one else will. From the front desk to housekeeping, each has a unique role in identifying potential trafficking situations.
Since December 2014, we have visited hotels and motels all over the Upstate of South Carolina. General managers are given the resources that each employee needs to recognize the red flags and report suspected trafficking instances.
Signs to Look For
- Shows signs of physical abuse
- Branding or tattoos
- Lack of knowledge of where about
- Avoids eye contact
- Underage girls requests room
- Victim is with an older and controlling boyfriend
- Many men entering the same room, one at a time; men waiting in the hallway
- Girls brought in at a side door
- Payment made in cash or prepaid credit card
What Should You Do?
If you see any of these signs or if something does not look right please TAKE ACTION!
- If the victim is in immediate danger, call 911 before doing anything else.
- Call the Human Trafficking Hotline number, 888-373-7888.
- Do not put yourself in danger by trying to rescue the potential victim.
According to the law anyone under the age of 18 is a trafficking victim. There is no such thing as a child prostitute.