State Lawmakers Debate Mandatory Sex Trafficking Awareness Training For Hotel Employees

March 30, 2018 06:35 AM

Every hotel worker in Minnesota may soon be trained to spot sex trafficking. 

State lawmakers are discussing a bill that, if passed, would require all hotel and motel employees in Minnesota to receive on-site sex trafficking training within 90 days of their hiring and every year thereafter.


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"There's a lot of us that that's our first place of contact, where trafficking begins," survivor Lori Paul told lawmakers Thursday afternoon while detailing her own experience from nearly three decades ago. 

"I remember just thinking about the person at the desk," she said, "Do you know what just happened to me? Could you have just looked up, or said, 'Hey what's your name?'"

Some hotels already require employees to receive similar training.

For instance, earlier this month, Treasure Island Resort and Casino spokesperson Kevin Smith told KSTP its employees are trained to spot sex trafficking.

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"It's a concern, not only for our property, but for every other property in the state of Minnesota and across the country," he said.

The difference is this bill would make such training mandatory for all hotels. That's something survivors like Paul believe is desperately needed.

The bill, HF 3287, made it out of committee Thursday afternoon passing unanimously.


Josh Rosenthal

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