Today's Hotelier - December 2016 - 34

Inhospitable to human trafficking

COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY
by VIPUL DAYAL

I

was 4 years old when my father joined the hospitality
industry in 1979. I grew up in and around hotels and
motels, so I guess you could say it is my calling. I've
explored other professional areas, but somehow always
made my way back to hospitality. Today, my wife and I own
VNR Management, Inc., a hospitality development and
management company. With my long-standing presence in
the industry comes a degree of influence on others, and I am
making it a priority to fight human trafficking.
San Diego was ranked by the FBI as one of the top 13
high-intensity cities for child prostitution. As a father of three
children, this statistic really stood out to me. Kids being sold
for sex are not prostitutes; they're rape victims. That is why
I teamed up with the San Diego County District Attorney's
Office and took on a volunteer leader position for a program
called SAFE San Diego Hotel-Motel Human Trafficking
Awareness Partnership Initiative to help combat human
sex trafficking.
As a volunteer leader and committee member, my job is
to organize and facilitate training at hotels in the Greater
San Diego area. Most big-name hotels already have a
human-trafficking training in place, which makes it even
more important to help spread awareness and provide
training to smaller hotels and motels. Our goal is to educate
hotels so they are well-versed in defense against human
traffickers. I will personally be visiting each hotel that joins
our program and overseeing the training of their staff.
San Diego County's regional Human Trafficking and
Commercial Exploitation of Children (HT & CEC) Advisory
Council and the Office of the District Attorney - County
of San Diego SAFE San Diego Hotel-Motel Human
Trafficking Awareness Partnership are the two groups

working together locally to stop human trafficking. The
goal of the advisory council is to implement a holistic,
countywide approach, integrating the Four P's Model of
the U.S. Department of Justice: prevention, protection,
prosecution and partnerships. It will focus on identifying
best practices, addressing the root causes of trafficking and
exploitation, advancing public policy, standardizing training
and protocols, and enhancing victim services by creating
an optimized, seamless service delivery system. (Visit
abolishhumantrafficking.com for more information.)
As part of the SAFE program, each hotel and motel in
San Diego receives training free of charge. This training
includes resources to help staff recognize warning signs of
human trafficking and how to report suspicious behavior.
In order to get SAFE certified, hotels must register their
property at safeactionproject.org, complete training
videos on site as a group or individually. If 75 percent of
property staff completes the training, the hotel earns a
BE SAFE certificate.
As members of the hospitality industry, we are the front
line of defense. Sex trafficking is a problem that cannot
be solved solely on a local level. Hotel owners and small
business owners like you can help spread awareness across
the country by getting involved. You can be part of the
solution simply by educating yourself and your employees.
Contact your local district attorney today and help develop a
program that works for your community.
Hoteliers are not the only ones who can join the fight
against sex trafficking. If you or anyone you know suspects
human trafficking activity, call the National Human
Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. You can also
visit the theuglytruthsd.org to learn more.

AAHOA Director at Large Vipul Dayal is the President of VNR Management, Inc., recipient of the Fast 100 Asian American
Business Award. Vipul has also been honored with the AAHOA Outreach Award for Philanthropy and named as one of
SD Metro's Men Who Make a Difference 2015 and Metro Movers 2016.

After more than 30 years working on this issue, Dr. Debra
Boyer, executive director of the Organization for Prostitution
Survivors, knows that hoteliers are likely to misunderstand
what they might see. "No one wants to believe that our own
children - American children - are being exploited as prostitutes at 12, 13 or 14 years old," Dr. Boyer said.
Yet, according to Dr. Boyer, we should not only worry about
prostituted children: "These exploited children grow into
adults who often find it impossible to exit prostitution without
a great deal of support from the community."

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WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
The definition of human trafficking is (a) the commercial
sexual exploitation of a minor or (b) the use of force, fraud, or
coercion to compel an adult into prostitution or other work.
There are two basic types of human trafficking: labor trafficking and sex trafficking.
Labor trafficking can take place in any type of employment
setting, and cases have been prosecuted involving hotels in
the U.S. In one high-profile case at the Westin Crown Center in
Kansas City, the hotel hired a labor broker who was trafficking


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - December 2016

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
News Bytes/Stats
AAHOA Spotlight
Proof Positive
Hospitality Franchising in 2017
Finding Your Flag
Inhospitable to Human Trafficking
Government Affairs
Op-Ed: Joint-Employer Rule Will Kill the Shop Local Movement
Finance & Revenue
Perspectives
Technology
Finance Q&A
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA @ Industry Events
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - December 2016 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - December 2016 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - December 2016 - Finding Your Flag
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