Stop Wyndham Hotel Staff from Supporting Child Sex Trafficking in Wyndham Hotels
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Stop Wyndham Hotel Staff from Supporting Child Sex Trafficking in Wyndham Hotels

    1. Petition by

      Timothy Rosner

      Arlington, VA

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July 2011

Victory

After getting letters from nearly 14,000 Change.org members, Wyndham is working with ECPAT-USA to implement the Code of Conduct at their properties. Wyndham will become the third major U.S. hotel chain to sign, joining Carlson Companies and Hilton Worldwide, the latter of which also joined after a Change.org campaign.

Thanks to everyone who supported this campaign.

From 2006 to 2011, members of the Crips gang in San Diego ran a child sex trafficking ring of at least 16 girls out of various area hotels. Two of the properties on which many instances of child sex trafficking took place were a Howard Johnson in Escondido, California, and a Travelodge in San Diego, California, both of which are owned by the Wyndham group.

At the Howard Johnson, hotel staff neglected to take any action to protect the long parade of children who were being ushered in to be raped, but the Travelodge staff actually assisted the pimps. Two members of the Travelodge staff allowed the gang members to use the hotel computer to post online ads advertising sex with minors. They also knowingly rented rooms for use in prostitution, charged higher room rates for rooms to be used for child sex trafficking and pocketed the difference, and warned the pimps if police were nearby.

That Wyndham hotel employees are actively participating in a child sex trafficking ring shows a desperate an immediate need for better child protection policies at Wyndham Hotels.

Wyndham does have a child protection policy, which specifically takes a stand against commercial sexual exploitation and requires staff training, which which obviously failed at these two properties. That's likely because such a policy is unenforceable when no outside organization is involved. Wyndham needs a real child protection policy in place, and they need it now.

That's why the Wyndham Hotel Group needs to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. Ask them to sign today.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Progress! Discussions Open Between ECPAT and Wyndham

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      ECPAT-USA is in very positive discussions with Wyndham Hotels and we feel very confident that they will soon be a signatory to the Code of Conduct. We thank them for their responsiveness and look forward to working together on the application process

    3. ECPAT USA Executive Director Releases Statement on Wyndham

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      ECPAT-USA is in very positive discussions with Wyndham Hotels and we feel very confident that they will soon be a signatory to the Code of Conduct. We thank them for their responsiveness and look forward to working together on the application process

    4. Wyndham Negotiates with ECPAT

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Progress! Wyndham has entered into negotiations about signing the code of conduct. Let's keep up the pressure and make sure they sign!

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. Wyndham Is Hearing Your Voices

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Wyndham is listening to this petition! Let's keep up the pressure to get to a breakthrough.

    7. Reached 9,000 signatures
    8. Wyndham Spends $600 million on Time Shares, $0 on Child Protection

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Wyndham just dropped $600 million into timeshares, but won't spend a measly $2,000 training their staff to prevent child sex trafficking in their hotels.

    9. Reached 5,000 signatures
    10. U.S. Government Releases Trafficking Report, Cites Child Sex Tourism

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      The State Department cited the importance of fighting child sex tourism in their recently released trafficking report. Will Wyndham help them in their efforts?

    11. Reached 1,500 signatures
    12. Wyndham Hosts Child Trafficking Event, Won't Protect Kids In Hotels

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      The Wyndham in Kingston recently hosted an event on preventing child trafficking. But ironically, Wyndham still hasn't taken the steps to keep children safe within their own hotels.

    13. Wyndham Release Trafficking Statement, Doesn't Address Code of Conduct

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Wyndham released a warm, fuzzy PR statement about how they despise child sex trafficking. But they won't put their money and resources where their mouths are, and actually DO something concrete -- like sign the Code of Conduct and train staff.

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures
    15. Wyndham to open hotel in sex trafficking hub Phuket, Thailand

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Wyndham is opening a new location in Phuket, Thailand, an area known for sex trafficking. Will they sign the ECPAT Code of Conduct to ensure this new location is free from child sex slavery?

    16. Reached 750 signatures
    17. Facebook Rally: Ask Wyndham to Stop Child Sex Trafficking at Their Hotels

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      If you have two minutes to spare while playing around on Facebook today, you can help stop child sex slavery in the U.S. Despite recent high-profile cases of gangs pimping young girls at Wyndham hotels, the company has still not signed The Code of...

    18. Second Gang Busted for Child Sex Trafficking at Wyndham Hotel

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Recently, San Diego native Tim Rosner launched a campaign on Change.org asking Wyndham Hotels to prevent child sex trafficking at their properties, after a sex trafficking ring selling girls as young as 14 was discovered in a Wyndham hotel in...

    19. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Sex trafficking at Wyndham Hotels doesn't just happen in California -- here's a recent case in DC too.

    20. Reached 500 signatures
    21. Case of Staff Pimping Kids at Wyndham Hotel Sparks Movement

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      From 2006 to 2011, for at least 16 teen and preteen girls, hell was a Travelodge hotel in San Diego. That's because the staff of that hotel were actively helping members of the gang The Crips to force them into prostitution. For six years, Travelodge...

    22. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Theodore Ketcham SPOKANE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      As a WorldMark by Wyndham owner/member, I would ask that you sign this document immediately, as you take steps to end this deplorable practice.

      There is no justification for hesitating.

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    • Joanne Sgrignoli HARRISBURG, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Take a stand against the heinous crime of child sex trafficking - sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. I will NOT stay at any Wyndham property until you take action to do so and train your employees.

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    • Jed Downs MADISON, WI
      • over 3 years ago

      I am making about 5 business trips per year. I am not willing to stay in your facilities until your track record improves and you sign the petition. My conscience will not let me be complicit with sex trafficking activities

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    • Joy Klempner KELOWNA, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please sign the code of conduct and ensure all your franchises follow the code. Until that happens, our family will not be staying at any of your properties

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    • Beverly Heikkinen BRANTWOOD, WI
      • over 3 years ago

      Please, I pray, think of the children

      AND their families.

      THANK YOU!

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