Make Sex-trafficking Education Mandatory for Hotel Employees

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This petition is intended to bring attention to the senators and lawmakers of Pennsylvania about the serious issue of sex trafficking in our state.

Just this March, a young teen was found to have been being forcibly sold for sex in a motel in Philadelphia for two years of her life. The staff had knowledge of the activities occurring in their motel, yet accepted the money and did nothing to help the victim (source: philly.com). By requiring hotel staff to employ sex-trafficking education in their employee orientation as well as posting visible signs in hotel lobbies with assistance hotlines, the permissive atmosphere of some hotels can be eradicated, which would effectively deter pimps from using them as ground for illegal sex trade. Additionally, any employee who would have previously been unable to recognize a victim or perpetrator of human trafficking would now have the education to do so and call for help. Most importantly, young victims who are unaware that they what is happening to them is not prostitution, but sexual slavery, would have more confidence in seeking help from an assistance hotline or police.

I am proposing that we, the state of Pennsylvania, model New York assemblywoman Amy Paulin's legislature (bill A06834) on human trafficking education, and that we take action to make our state a safer place.



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