Raising Awareness for Human Trafficking Prevention
There are an estimated 25 million to 40 million victims of trafficking worldwide, with an estimated 50,000 new victims being brought into the U.S. each year. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened many of the conditions that lead to the trafficking
of vulnerable populations.
As hoteliers, we are in prime position to lead the fight against sex and labor trafficking
and that is precisely what we have been doing. AAHOA has long been at the forefront of the hospitality industry’s battle against human trafficking. Overall, we've trained nearly 7,000 people to recognize the signs
of trafficking through our Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training Sponsored by AAHOA
program. Our goal is to have 100% of our members and their employees trained in human trafficking awareness and prevention.
The state of Florida
and the city of Houston, TX
, both passed laws mandating that hoteliers train themselves and their employees or face a fine. Florida’s law went into effect on January 1, 2021, while Houston’s went into effect March 31, 2021. But even if you don’t live in those areas, it is imperative that you and your staff get trained as soon as possible. Trafficking not only destroys lives, it also can destroy livelihoods. Don’t wait. Get trained today
to save lives and protect your business.