Unfortunately, hotels are a frequent location for illicit human trafficking activity and may be targeted by perpetrators. It is prevalent everywhere and not restricted to certain areas of the world. It’s a growing billion-dollar industry and is something that hoteliers clearly want to avoid.

But you can play a big part in helping to address this crisis.

Hotel managers and staff throughout a property need to be alert to the signs of potential child and adult trafficking, as well as sex trafficking and know how to respond in ways that will keep victims, guests, and the property safe.

Front desk, housekeeping, security and restaurant servers may be in a position to witness suspicious behaviors that indicate illegal trafficking activity, while managers must know how to appropriately respond to the situation.

On March 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Alexandria, please join HFTP for a special presentation by agents from the Department of Homeland Security on this important topic.

Diann Turner, Director, Business Development, at NetLink, is the Chapter Director for HFTP D.C. and helped to organize this informative and important event.

Speakers include:

  • Carl Stiffler, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations. Responsible for investigating all forms of human trafficking and regularly provides training to law enforcement, social services, private sector, and community members across the U.S. and abroad.
  • Deanna “Dede” Wallace, Victim Assistance Specialist, Homeland Security Investigations. Works with victims of human trafficking, child exploitation and victims harmed by gang activity. Assists with crisis intervention, locating resources for the victims and ensuring a victim-centric approach is utilized during investigating cases with victims.

Bring your GM, FOM, Sales Director, Catering Director and Director of Housekeeping to the event. Everyone in the industry is welcome.

Click here for more information on the event.  In addition, please RSVP by March 25 by emailing hftpdc@gmail.com.  Please be sure to include your name, any guests, property/company, and whether you would prefer steak or sea bass in your RSVP.