A developmentally disabled woman who said she was a victim of sex trafficking is suing the owners of five hotels in New Hampshire, arguing that they should have known what was going on and done more to prevent it.
The woman, identified only as K. But the suit names the owners of the hotel brands, the Inter-Continental Hotels Corp. Holiday Innthe Wyndham Hotel and Resorts Super 8Marriott International TownePlace Suites and Best Western, blaming them for not setting policies or not following those already set to train employees to recognize s of sex trafficking.
It is part of national multistate litigation against hotels to be filed by a New York law firm. The suit filed on behalf of K. In the case of K. Repeatedly, the trafficker allegedly took her straight up to the room while non-paying guests accompanied with her.
Her trafficker allegedly would stand outside in the hallway with her clothing while she serviced the buyer, and she was forced to have sex six to 10 times a day. Hotels whose employees undergo training or more likely to be aware of these s and repot it, so it is the hotel chains that should insist on this training on their properties, the suit says.
The suit lists numerous incidents of sex trafficking that occurred in some of the hotels, including the arrest of a husband and wife for engaging in an interstate sex trafficking scheme at a Best Western in Portsmouth in December The front desk of the Concord Holiday Inn said that the company would not comment, as did the manager at TownePlace Suites. Through our partnerships with the International Tourism Partnership, ECPAT-USA, Polaris Project and other organizations that share the same values, we have worked to enhance our policies condemning human trafficking while also providing training to help our team members, as well as the hotels we manage, identify and report trafficking activities.
We also make training opportunities available for our franchised hotels, which are independently owned and operated.
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