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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.

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Attention Florida Hoteliers

Human Trafficking Awareness Training Deadline

As you may know, in 2021, a law went into effect mandating that all Florida lodging establishments provide annual human trafficking awareness training for housekeeping and front desk employees. Click here to learn more


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What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, and it can take many forms. From forced prostitution to laborers forced to work under the threat of deportation or physical violence, millions of men, women, and children are exploited by traffickers and denied their fundamental right to freedom.

AAHOA's Resource Library includes webinars that are designed to give viewers a better understanding of how this criminal enterprise can set up shop at unsuspecting hotels. In addition to AAHOA's Human Trafficking Awareness Training, 'Don't Give Danger a Keycard to Your Property' and 'Human Trafficking Recognition and Response' are two webinars that will help viewers recognize and respond to incidents of suspected trafficking. 

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

Below are some resources provided by the Department of Homeland Security to help hoteliers become more aware of the signs of human trafficking.

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?


How can you help prevent human trafficking?

Almost every state in the country requires/encourages human trafficking training or the posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline information in hotels.

AAHOA offers Human Trafficking Awareness Training, completely digital and free for all AAHOA members and their employees.

Earn Your Certificate TODAY - BEST Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training, Sponsored by AAHOA

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