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.