Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is growing to widespread proportions, and we as hoteliers have an obligation to confront it and respond however we can. Evil people prey upon women and children, trapping them in an endless cycle of abuse. Hotel owners are in every city across the country; AAHOA's network of hotel owners and their staff are uniquely situated to make a positive impact.

AAHOA is committed to promoting awareness of this grave violation of human rights by educating hoteliers on how to spot and report any suspicious activity, and has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) to provide resources to hoteliers. AAHOA is also committed to working with victims' rights groups and lawmakers on the state and federal level to support laws giving hoteliers and prosecutors alike more tools to stop the victimization of men, women, and children in human trafficking. 

It is more important now than ever to Learn. Share. Act.

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What is Human Trafficking?

Defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, human trafficking is "organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor)." 

In an interview with Dr. Mar Brettmann of BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking), one AAHOA member, Arvind Patel, recalls learning about human trafficking on television. "You see a 14 or 15 year-old before they were involved. Then you see them again after they've been trafficked for three months and it's just bad. It's a glaring concern that needs to be addressed, not just by hotels." Arvind has since begun to take steps in helping raise awareness of the horrific nature that is human trafficking. 

'Don't Give Danger a Keycard to Your Property' and 'Human Trafficking Recognition and Response' are webinars located in AAHOA's Resource Library that will help you gain a better understanding of how this criminal enterprise intersects your place of business and why it is imperative to be equipped to recognize and respond in the best possible way when you see a suspected incident of sex trafficking. 

Are you protected? For more information regarding the laws protecting those who report suspected crimes in good faith, click here. 

Here are some resources provided by the Department of Homeland Security to help you become more aware on the signs of human trafficking.


Human Trafficking 101


Hospitality Toolkit - Inform & Educate Your Employees

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How can you help raise awareness? 

Did you know that at least 38 states and the District of Columbia have laws to require some public agencies and/or private businesses to train their staff to recognize, report, and respond to human trafficking crimes and victims?

State Requirements


Train Your Staff - How Can You Identify Person(s) Being Trafficked?

 State Requirements_train  Signs of being trafficked

How can you help prevent human trafficking?

Did you know that 29 states and the District of Columbia have laws to require or encourage the posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline information?

State Requirements

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