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Human Trafficking and the Hospitality Industry

Release Date: August 10, 2016


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Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign is releasing a new resource to help those who work in the hospitality industry to combat human trafficking.

The Blue Campaign Hospitality Toolkit offers tips and resources that inform and educate hospitality employees about incidents of human trafficking they may observe in the course of their daily duties. 

The toolkit includes the following information:

  • An explanation of the different types of human trafficking: sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude
  • An overview of human trafficking in the hospitality industry
  • Human trafficking indicators that different types of hotel and motel employees (housekeeping, concierge, bellman, security, and food and beverage staff) would be in a position to recognize
  • Information on what to do if you suspect human trafficking.

No one combats human trafficking alone, and so the Blue Campaign works to create tools and resources that empower individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and others to fight human trafficking in their own communities.  The Blue Campaign Hospitality Toolkit is the first of several sector-specific toolkits that DHS plans to release this year, in order to help raise public consciousness of human trafficking across the country.

Last Updated: 08/04/2021
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