Industry Principles on Human Trafficking
Report Suspected Human Trafficking To Law Enforcement:
Call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at (866) 347-2423 or you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) 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, and more specifically, child sex 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.
As an industry, we recognize that hotels can play an important role in fighting trafficking networks. The American Hotel & Lodging Association, with input from partner state associations, have developed “Hotel Industry Principles” following numerous discussions with various members in the hotel industry to determine how best we can work with our hotel employees to address these terrible crimes. As part of this effort, hotel companies and properties are encouraged to review their current procedures and policies on human trafficking.
Below are the hotel industry principles and we encourage 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.
CH&LA will continue to be a resource in the fight against human trafficking, and will work to provide regular updates on the hotel industry’s actions and successes. CH&LA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign to combat human trafficking. Your property can support the Blue Campaign’s efforts in helping to increase human trafficking awareness through their public awareness campaign, resources, and training materials.
- Define human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children
- Identify individuals who are most at risk for human trafficking
- Understand the difference between labor and sex trafficking specific to the hotel sector
- Explain the role of hospitality employees in responding to this issue
Actions You Can Take:
- Display an awareness poster in your employee area: Sex Trafficking Awareness Poster - 8.5x11, 11x17 Forced Labor Awareness Poster - 8.5x11, 11x17 Domestic Servitude Awareness Poster - 8.5x11, 11x17 (As a member benefit, CH&LA is pleased to offer the 11x17 human trafficking poster, displayed to the right, for any member properties to display in employee areas and break rooms. CH&LA members can order these posters for your property, free of charge, by contacting Sue Norton at 916-554-2660 or email@example.com.)
- Hand out the Human Trafficking Indicators card.
- Check out other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) anti-human trafficking materials on the Blue Campaign Website.
- Learn more about your responsibilities as an employer.
- Watch Training Videos from the Blue Campaign to learn the signs of human trafficking.
- View the Blue Campaign Public Service Announcement on how to recognize and report human trafficking.
- Share your ideas on how the DHS and your company can help raise awareness and combat human trafficking.
More Resources to Combat Human Trafficking:
- Legislation passed in 2012, Senate Bill 1193 (Steinberg), requires that a specified business or other establishment, which may apply to some hotels, must post a human trafficking notice in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of an establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted. To access the human trafficking language and information, please log in and click here.
- Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report
- Department of Health and Human Services Resources
- Department of Justice Resources
- The Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign
- Lodging Security Officer Program
- Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking
- Alliance Against Human Trafficking
- The Polaris Project
- International Tourism Partnership Know-How Guide and Resources to Addressing Human Trafficking
- Immigration & Customs Enforcement Human Trafficking
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Child Sexual Exploitation
- The Code – Protect Children from Sex Tourism
- BEST – Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking