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Recent Trends in Hotel Violence, Insurance, and Legal Liabilities

“A hotel has a duty to adopt reasonable security measures to protect guests from foreseeable harm. Foreseeability can be established from past circumstances that are likely to be repeated.” Judge Karen Morris, “Hotel security requires vigilant attention,” Hotel Management, 19 August 2019. In this brief, Jeff M. Moore, PhD, will discuss recent trends in hotel ...
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How Corporate Travelers Can Combat Child Exploitation

More than 40 million people around the world are trapped in modern-day slavery, and a quarter of them are children. BCD Travel, in partnership with international advocacy group ECPAT, has released a video to raise awareness among business travelers about warning signs of child enslavement or sexual exploitation. The message: Don’t look away. Watch this ...
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Strategies to Defend & Mitigate Against Sex Trafficking Lawsuits in the Hospitality Industry

Federal and state laws define human trafficking as compelling someone through force, coercion or fraud to perform work or engage in sex acts. According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is a global issue with millions of adults and children being victimized to generate billions of dollars in profits for traffickers and others engaging ...
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Liability for What Goes on behind Closed Doors: Sex Trafficking and the Hospitality Industry’s Privacy Tightrope

By Abraham J. Rein, Charles W. Spitz, Marc H. Perry  Earlier this month, the Philadelphia hotel Roosevelt Inn, its corporate parents, its New York management company, and an individual owner/manager of the hotel, were sued for allegedly allowing trafficking of sex involving a minor to take place on the hotel’s premises. The case – the first ...
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Help Fight Human Trafficking: a business travel New Year’s resolution

You might not realize it, but business travelers are in a unique position to be a line of defense in one of the world’s greatest tragedies: the crime of human trafficking. Because of the element of travel, the world of the business traveler and human trafficking victims overlap in surprising number of areas. Due to ...
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How Travel Buyers Can Help End Child Trafficking

The Problem With the use of online classified ads, child trafficking has moved off the streets and behind the closed doors of local hotel rooms. Youth are targeted and manipulated by pimps who transport victims from city to city via U.S. owned airlines and buses. Exploiters use hotel rooms as venues to abuse children, knowing that systems are not ...
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Sex Trafficking: Some Common Indicators and Trends

In advance of the summer travel season in the US and Europe, many hotel chains and other hospitality industry providers review their security protocols with the intention of offering a more secure and pleasant stay for their guests. Plumbing and flooring repairs, lighting and electrical fixture updates and enhanced landscaping all offer increased aesthetic value ...
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Human Sex Trafficking in Hotels is a Major Concern for Hoteliers

Because of the transient nature of guests who utilize lodging accommodations and the privacy afforded to these temporary guests, hotels have become prime venues for the exploitation of “at risk” individuals through sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Check any newswire or perform an Internet search and stories of human trafficking and sexual exploitation invariably connect ...
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Maritz Travel, ECPAT-USA Partner to Fight Against Human Trafficking

(St. Louis – Nov. 13, 2013) – Today, Maritz Travel joined the fight against human trafficking by signing ECPAT-USA’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) during a company-wide town hall meeting. Signing The Code, a set of business principles travel and tourism companies implement to specifically combat child sex trafficking, symbolizes Maritz Travel’s commitment to helping raise awareness of ...
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