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Hotel Sex Trafficking Lawsuits

When hotels make a profit from rented rooms, they might ignore sex trafficking when it happens. In this article, we discuss what sex trafficking is and how the law allows victims to seek compensation from hotels. In Pennsylvania, there has been significant progress in successful lawsuits against hotels that turn a blind eye to sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking can happen anywhere. It IS HAPPENING in Lancaster, York, Reading, Allentown, and so many other towns and cities in Pennsylvania. With the help of the law, we can help punish wrongdoers and get victims the justice they deserve.

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What Is Sex Trafficking?

Sex trafficking is the crime of using force, fraud, and/or coercion to make another person perform commercial sex acts. Any form of commercial sex act with a minor is sex trafficking.

Commercial sex acts involve the exchange of money, goods, or other forms of payment for sex. A sex act could include nudity, the production of pornography, oral, penetrative intercourse, and more.

Sex Trafficking Victims

Many times, a victim of sex trafficking may believe they willingly participated in exchanging sex for money. This is often a result of manipulation by the trafficker to use the victim. There are many ways a trafficker can manipulate a victim – love, drugs, alcohol, food, shelter, and more. However, there are clear laws that define sex trafficking victims.

Hotels And Sex Trafficking

What role do hotels play in sex trafficking? A sex trafficker will use hotels, motels, and inns to rent a room and book appointments for the victim to perform sex acts. How are hotels financially responsible to sex trafficking victims? Because the businesses could earn profits from trafficking activity, federal law requires hotels to report suspected trafficking activity. If hotels do not report suspected activity, the hotel could be held financially responsible for the harm to sex trafficking victims. The hotel is profiting by providing an ongoing space to conduct this illegal activity.

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Traffickers like to use hotels for a variety of reasons: location, anonymity, low costs, mobility, and more. For this reason, many states require hotels to train staff to recognize when sex trafficking may be happening.

Recognizing Sex Trafficking At Hotels

Sex trafficking at hotels is relatively easy to spot. A regular stream of visitors come to the hotel room, usually one at a time. The visitors are usually male. They arrive at all times of the day and night. Typically, the visitors will not stay long and leave soon after they arrive.

With simple and basic training of staff, any hotel employee can easily identify and report suspect activity. Some hotels ignore the signs of sex trafficking. In some cases, hotels or hotel staff have arrangements with the traffickers to enable the illegal activities.

Sex Trafficking Victims Sue Hotels

The victims can sue a hotel for its role in enabling sex trafficking. In Pennsylvania, there have been several successful lawsuits to hold hotels accountable for enabling sex trafficking. This type of lawsuit works by punishing hotels that would knowingly profit from sex trafficking. By punishing wrongdoers, we can send a clear message to other hotels, motels, and inns that will prevent future victims from being trafficked in this way.

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When To Contact A Hotel Sex Trafficking Attorney

If you are a victim of hotel sex trafficking in Pennsylvania, an attorney may be able to help you. The law allows victims to file a claim against a negligent hotel when the business knew or should have known sex trafficking was happening on the property. Your case could help prevent future victims and end sex trafficking at local hotels.

Not every situation will qualify as a case, and not every case goes to trial. If you have a valid claim, we can help you navigate the best way to proceed. It may be possible to settle your claim outside of court, in private, with the help of a qualified attorney.

Haggerty Silverman & Justice Law Firm

We understand that what you went through may be hard to talk about. It takes courage to contact an attorney for this kind of help. The attorneys of Haggerty Silverman & Justice provide free legal consultations. Our attorneys are here to provide compassionate support and legal knowledge for your circumstances. If possible, we will do our best to get you the justice you deserve. Our attorneys let you control how your case proceeds.

Consultations are confidential and free. You don’t pay us anything unless we recover money for your claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.