We’re in the middle of a sex trafficking panic, and now @Marriott hotels and some other businesses are “training” employees to spot signs that someone is an escort or trafficking victim.

Someone asked “what’s the worst that could happen?”

Here’s my guesses:
First we need to look at their parameters. Some places no longer allow single women to sit at bars 😒

And Marriott thinks signs of trafficking/escorting include paying in cash, using lots of towels, not letting housekeeping in, not carrying lots of luggage. Wonderfully vague.
Also, please keep in mind, it’s both legal and desirable to arrest victims of sex trafficking. So even if someone is identified as trafficked using this training, it doesn’t mean good things for the victim.

Now.

Let’s talk about Other possible outcomes of these policies:
Victims of abusive relationships. Who maybe had to leave in a hurry and have very little luggage and pay in cash to stay under radar.

They’ll hit the criteria. If cops are also involved, it may mean a potential arrest. Now, Bc of public record your abuser can find you.
Homeless lgtbq folks, especially young people. Homelessness is huge for this demographic. Lgtbq folks May also have little luggage and pay in cash. Now add in cops and the fact you can be arrested for carrying condoms, Bc that’s “evidence” you’re engaging in prostitution?
I also foresee stereotyping coming in to play. Do you seem foreign? English is a second language? Worse yet, are you also brown or black? Expect cops and ICE to show up to your hotel room. And ofc we know how well it tends to go when cops and poc are in the same room together.
Non neurotypical folks and folks with mental illness.

Are you able to communicate “normally”? Do you seem “off” or disoriented sometimes?

You can also be reported as a victim of trafficking by hotel staff.

Remember, the criteria is vague af.
Im sure there’s several more folks at risk with this policy, but I only thought about it for 10 mins. So this is off the top of my head, the worst that can happen.

Remember, these trainings are intentionally vague, and will be implemented by people who have personal prejudices.
Oh. I forgot to add- People in flat out abusive relationships. Where maybe the abusive partner is thought to be a trafficker Bc they are controlling the other partner.

Now all you’ve done is accuse & piss off a dangerous person who’s now alone in a hotel room with their Victim
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