Tell Choice Hotels to Prevent Child Prostitution in Their Hotels
  • Petitioned Steve Joyce

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Steve Joyce
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Anne Madison
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
David Peikin

Tell Choice Hotels to Prevent Child Prostitution in Their Hotels

    1. Amanda Kloer
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Kloer

      Washington, United States

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February 2010

Victory

After 5-year-old Shania Davis was sold for sex at a Comfort Inn in North Carolina, advocates launched a a campaign demanding parent company Choice Hotels develop a plan to fight child prostitution. After months of campaigning, Choice Hotels completed discussions with ECPAT and has committed to take important and proactive steps to protect children from child prostitution and sexual exploitation. Choice Hotels has agreed to train their staff on how to identify child sex trafficking and who to call if the see child prostitution at a Choice Hotels property.

Update: Choice Hotels has agreed to take important and proactive steps to protect children from child prostitution and sexual exploitation. Congratulations, Choice Hotels, and thank you for joining us in this fight to protect children.

Right now, children are falling prey to sex trafficking in American-owned hotels all over the world, and even right here at home. Just last month, 5-year-old Shaniya Davis was sold for sex at a Comfort Inn in North Carolina. The tragedy of Shaniya Davis and the abhorrence of child prostitution are universally acknowledged.  Companies like Choice Hotels, the parent company of the Comfort Inn where Shaniya was sold, have the power to help prevent it.

Choice Hotels can help prevent child prostitution with one simple action: signing the ECPAT Code of Conduct.  More than 900 companies around the world (very few of them from the U.S.) have been willing to take this simple, effective action.  Without their commitment to eradicating child sex trafficking, American-owned hotels are signally their indifference to the plight of children. 

You can take action to prevent child prostitution by sending a letter to Choice Hotels CEO Steve Joyce, telling him to sign the ECPAT Code of Conduct and commit to preventing child sex tourism in Choice Hotel hotels. 

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