It Happens Here – Hotels and trafficking
The Centre for Social Justice published a policy report by the Slavery Working Group yesterday entitled It Happens Here
Support the the ‘Say Something if you See Something’ campaign
“The CSJ has heard disturbing reports of the use of hotels as venues by those trafficking
children for sexual exploitation. Of particular risk are the continental-style hotels which
have no reception staff, where check-in is automatic and there is very little monitoring
of guests and no accountability. In several cases reported to the CSJ, British children
trafficked in the UK have been abused in hotel rooms; in one case the police were able to
apprehend a perpetrator in a hotel room with a 14-year-old victim.91 It is therefore essential
that hotel staff are sensitised to issues of sexual exploitation and child trafficking, and are able
to spot the indicators that a child arriving in the hotel may be at risk. The National Working
Group for Sexually Exploited Children (NWG) has developed the ‘Say Something if you See
Something’ campaign in partnership with the Children’s Society and other organisations to
raise awareness of the issue amongst those working in the hospitality industry.
The CSJ recommends that prominent hotel chains in the UK take up the campaign, leading the way for smaller chains to follow suit.