Hotels are increasingly becoming the front line in the fight to prevent human trafficking, and rescue those being victimised in this way.

The BBC recently reported that the entire workforce at international hotel chain Mariott has been trained in recognising the signs of human trafficking, and what steps to take if they suspect it.

US campaign group Polaris works against modern slavery, and has been conducting the training, as well as research into the issues and prevalence.

Polaris has produced a list of warning signs that those in the hospitality industry need to be aware of that – in combination – might be signs of human trafficking taking place:

  • everything being paid in cash
  • guests who seem to be monitoring or controlling someone or denying them access to phones
  • people who are dressed in a way that doesn’t fit with the weather or who don’t seem to know their whereabouts
  • guests who insist on little or no housekeeping
  • multiple people being escorted to a room at the same time

For Polaris’s full report on human trafficking and hotels, see their website.

Polaris also has sections for other industries which are intersect with human trafficking, eg housing providers, transportation, healthcare and financial services.