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The perfect storm for hotel owners

INCREASE IN CIVIL SUITS
Adding to the criminal risks, new laws are making it easier
for victims of sex and labor trafficking to bring civil suits
against hotel managers, owners, and their brands. Plaintiffs'
attorneys who feel outraged by the sexual exploitation of
children and by forced labor are actively seeking pro-bono
cases to support victims. The Southern Poverty Law Center
has even published a manual to help attorneys filing civil
lawsuits involving human trafficking.
One high-profile lawsuit against a Philadelphia owner claims
that a young girl was 14 when she was forced to perform commercial sex acts with men over a twoyear period at a hotel. The suit claims
that the hotel received financial gain by
providing rooms to the girl's traffickers
and alleges that the proprietors knew
about the illegal conduct through the
following indicators: the young girl was
dressed in sexually explicit clothing, she
exhibited "fear and anxiety," she was
"visibly treated in an aggressive manner," men were standing in the hallways
waiting before entering the room, and
the room "contained used condoms and
condom wrappers." The attorney who is
representing the victim, Tom Kline, was
a leading attorney on the Penn StateJerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case
and has litigated numerous cases resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts.
Local governments are also filing
civil lawsuits. In August, a prominent
hotel brand agreed to pay $250 million
to settle a lawsuit brought by the city of
Los Angeles. The suit alleged the chain's

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management allowed one of its locations to be used by human
traffickers. The city also sued the managers of the motel and
the management company.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against a hotel in Oklahoma City in
July 2017 on behalf of several foreign workers. It alleged that
the workers were paid less than minimum wage and coerced
to continue working through threats and intimidation by the
hotel owners.

THE REMEDY: EMPLOYEE TRAINING
"When protecting yourself from human trafficking cases," says
Sandip Soli, external counsel for the Washington Hospitality
Association, "the legal requirement is often knowledge: what
a reasonable person should know based on the circumstances.
To protect themselves, owners are smart to learn everything
they can and provide information to their staff."
Owners who train their staff are demonstrating due diligence that may ultimately protect them from financial and
reputational harm. In a case involving a Maryland hotel, the
lawsuit alleges that the front desk clerk knew that a young
girl was engaged in commercial sex. With a little training,
this lawsuit may have been prevented.
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)
is working hard to make sure its members are aware of the
unique risks this crime poses for hospitality businesses. For
the last several years, leaders of the Northwest Chapter of
AAHOA have donated part of the proceeds from their annual
golf tournament to Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking
(BEST) to create online human trafficking prevention training
modules for hoteliers and utilize other means to raise awareness. The video-based training empowers hotel staff to identify and prevent
human trafficking on their properties.
In as little as 30 minutes, your staff will
learn:
What sex trafficking is
How sex trafficking operates in hotels
Indicators of sex trafficking
Recommended actions to take if indicators are present.

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re-focusing on the traffickers, sex buyers, and the businesses
that profit from exploitation. For example, in Oceanside, Calif.,
the manager of a hotel was charged with a felony for allegedly allowing gang members to rent rooms for prostitution.
And in Tukwila, Wash., three hotel properties were seized
by police and two of the hotel owners were arrested for drug
and prostitution activity.
Employees who are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion -
labor trafficking victims - are also finding new advocates
within the criminal justice system. Survivors can now apply
for a special visa and ask that their trafficker/employer be
prosecuted. Staffing contractor, Giant Labor Solutions, and
12 of its owners and associates were indicted on human trafficking charges in 2009. Employees who were brought from
overseas with promises of work were coerced to work in a
variety of businesses, including a prominent hotel in Kansas
City. The workers also brought a civil suit against the hotel,
which favored the hotel.

Owners and Managers may also learn:
Steps to proactively prevent illegal
activity
How to report human trafficking
Information on legal protections that
exist in individual states.
The courses can be completed in a
group setting or integrated into new hire
training and are available at training.
bestalliance.org. By following AAHOA
on social media, owners will also gain
new information regarding human trafficking throughout the year.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - November 2017

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
The Perfect Storm for Hotel Owners
Design That Brings People Together
New Brands Design for a New Kind of Hotel Experience
Time for a Group Sales Tune Up
AAHOA Interview
Marketing
Technology
Small Business
Finances
HR
AAHOA @ Industry Events
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA Vendor Partners
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - intro
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - cover2
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 11
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 15
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - The Perfect Storm for Hotel Owners
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Design That Brings People Together
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 27
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - New Brands Design for a New Kind of Hotel Experience
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - 31
Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Time for a Group Sales Tune Up
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA Interview
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Marketing
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Technology
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Finances
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - HR
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA @ Industry Events
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - AAHOA Vendor Partners
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - November 2017 - Advertiser Index
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