Human trafficking continues to make headlines here in the United States. Check out some of the most recent news as law enforcement and hotels search out best practices in this fight.

Sex Trafficking Victim’s Desperate Call to Mother Saves Her Life, Lands Three in Jail, Police Say

“Winston, 25, walked up to the woman at the hotel pool and started talking to her. She told him that she was looking for work, and Winston seemed like a godsend when he told her he knew someone who was hiring, Dale said. On top of the job prospect, Winston bought the woman new clothes and other items, even offering to pay her hotel bill in full. The whole time, he was grooming her to work for him as a prostitute, Dale said.”

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Bill Would Require Yearly training for all Baltimore Hotel Workers to Spot Human Trafficking

“The city adopted a law, sponsored by then-Councilman James Kraft, in 2015 requiring the training for new hires. But Burnett said he wants to take it a step further. “The once is great. When they first get hired, we should very much start from that place,” he said at a press conference inside City Hall. “But if you’ve worked at a place for five years, seven years, 10 years, and you only got that information once, there’s things that may not stand out to you.” “The intention of amending that is so that there’s a regularly top-of-mind training for hotel workers that’s happening every single year, so that they can be on the front lines and help people who may be being trafficked.”

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2 Men Arrested, Missing Teen Rescued in Sex Trafficking Raid at Canal St. Hotel

” Louisiana State Troopers rescued a 16-year-old girl who was the victim of sex trafficking and was being beaten, drugged, and repeatedly raped in a Canal Street hotel room. “

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DA Uses New Tactic to Thwart Suspected Sex Trafficking at Hotel on Windy Hill Road

“As part of the agreement, the owner of the hotel must require a valid photo ID from all patrons, maintain a complete and accurate list of guests as well as a “no rent” list of people who have previously been arrested at the hotel, hire at least one licensed and armed security guard, disallow loitering and install proper outdoor lighting, high-quality video surveillance and fencing, according to Kim Isaza, spokesperson for the DA’s office. The staff at the hotel will also be required to undergo training to recognize and prevent human trafficking as well as contact and cooperate with police on any suspected criminal activity, Isaza added.”

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