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Sex Trafficking & Seattle’s Hotel Industry

We were very fortunate to hear from Mar Smith last night. She said that the “worlds of human trafficking and hotels are closely tied.” She went on to point out signs that hoteliers can look for in order to spot trafficking victims such as anyone who appears fearful or disoriented, paid for the room in cash, is being restricted from moving or communicating, shows signs of physical abuse or has a significantly older boyfriend.

According to Smith one of these signs may not be indicative of human trafficking but if a few or more are displayed it may be worth contacting law enforcement.

Don’t confront the pimp yourself in this situation, always contact law enforcement.

Read more about Mar Smith, her organization BEST  here.

By Jared Stewart