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Maryland Hotel Workers Now Required to Receive Annual Training to Spot the Signs of Human Trafficking

| Nov 21, 2022

A new law went into effect on October 1, 2022, requiring all innkeepers in Maryland provide annual human trafficking prevention training to employees. Hotel operators across the state must now provide employees with annual training that has been certified and approved as meeting the requirements defined by the state. Training must be conducted annually, and within the first 90 days for newly hired employees. This update is important for AAHOA Members, who own 66% of the hotels in Maryland. 

AAHOA is proud to partner with Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) to provide human trafficking awareness training for America’s hotel owners and their staff, free of charge. The BEST’s Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training, sponsored by AAHOA, is an online, video-based training developed specifically for the hotel industry that has received approval in Maryland to meet the new law’s annual requirement for innkeepers.

Maryland joins nine other states that have already implemented laws regarding human trafficking prevention training for employees in the lodging industry: California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas, and Illinois. 

If you or any hotel staff member you know are interested in taking the human trafficking awareness training, click here

Click here to read the full press release

Read more about the law here: Hotel Online and Hospitality Net.

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