Signs of Trafficking- Housekeeping

Housekeeping, maintenance, and room service staff typically have the most access to guest rooms where signs of human trafficking may be apparent. By being conscious of human trafficking indicators, you can help identify possible human trafficking activities and victims.
• “Do Not Disturb” sign used constantly.
• Requests room or housekeeping services (additional towels, new linens, etc.), but denies hotel/motel staff entry into room.
• Refusal of cleaning services for multiple days.
• Excessive amounts of cash in a room.
• Smell of bodily fluids and musk.
• Presence of multiple computers, cell phones, pagers, credit card swipes, or other technology.
• The same person reserving multiple rooms.
• Individuals leaving room infrequently, not at all, or at odd hours.
• Children’s items or clothing are present but no child registered with the room.
 Individuals loitering in hallways or appearing to monitor the area.  Excessive amounts of alcohol or illegal drugs in rooms.  Evidence of pornography.
• Minors left alone in room for long periods of time.
• Excessive number of people staying in a room.
• Extended stay with few or no personal possessions.
• Provocative clothing and shoes.
• Constant flow of men into a room at all hours.
• Excessive amounts of sex paraphernalia in rooms (condoms, lubricant, lotion, etc.).
• Rooms stocked with merchandise, luggage, mail packages, and purses/wallets with different names.
Each indicator alone may not necessarily mean a person is being trafficked.
Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions.
Call 9-1-1 for emergency situations—threats of violence, physical assault, emergency medical needs, etc.
Follow your corporate protocol, such as by notifying management and security.
Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) to report suspicious criminal activity to federal law enforcement. Highly trained specialists take reports from both the public and law enforcement agencies. Submit a tip at
To get help from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

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