Sisters Caryn Crook and Louise Alff took the fight to end human trafficking to more than 60 hotel managers and employees from the Hospitality and Tourism Association in Syracuse, with a presentation Nov. 17 about how to identify trafficking victims.
Sister Caryn began with an overview of sex and labor trafficking, describing the type of individual most likely to fall victim to traffickers, the perpetrators, and trafficking’s effect on victims. She told attendees that New York State ranks fifth among all states for the number of human trafficking cases reported.
Sister Louise pointed out that traffickers often use the anonymity of hotels to conduct trafficking business. She offered tips as to what hotel staff — from front desk personnel to housekeeping and room service staff — can do to identify victims and report suspected traffickers. Mary Jensen, co-founder and board of directors member of Mothers and Children in Crisis discussed the scope of human trafficking in the Syracuse area. Recent reports indicate that sex trafficking is on the rise in Central New York.
More than 20 hotels in the Syracuse area were represented at the presentation; attendees were attracted by the topic’s relevance.
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