Connecticut Lodging Association
Human Trafficking Awareness Quarterly Newsletter
Legislative Update
SB00311 - An Act Updating The Definition Of Sex Trafficking. Public Hearing March 6, 2018
Human Trafficking in Connecticut News
Hartford man arrested for alleged sex trafficking of a minor ,
Hartford man is facing charges after officials say he was involved in the sex trafficking of a minor.

"We Can't Ignore Sex Trafficking Cases On Our Doorstep"Vinny Vella 
... told a social worker from Love146, a nonprofit that aids sex trafficking victims, that she performed sex acts with multiple people every day at hotels in Hartford...

Prostitution, human trafficking in East Lyme motels? 
If I were pressed against a wall and made to come up with some of the most pressing crime problems in the region, I'm not sure I ever would have thought to list human trafficking and prostitution in East Lyme motels.

How to identify human trafficking victims often 'hidden in plain sight' 
CT TIP Council:
CLA is a partner with the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council
Featured Advocate:
CT has had almost 500 referrals on human trafficking to the Department of Children and Families for cases of children ages 2-18. 
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the age of 18 and 75% of children who have been sexually abused will further be victimized through involvement in Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSDC) and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST).
Has your property been trained?
CT lodging properties are required by law to have annual employee training. Owners, Managers and all employee training should be updated annually or the time of new hire.  Connecticut lodging regulations on human trafficking awareness can be found here:  Public Act 17-31, An Act Concerning Human Trafficking.  
Section 5 requires,
1)  each hotel, motel, inn or similar lodging (including B&Bs) shall certify that each owner, manager, employee of any such establishment has received the training on human trafficking awareness.. .

See below for how to train yourself and staff in-house. Contact CLA for more information or if you have further questions on training.
Do you have the required poster in your front lobby? 
Required Poster: Section 5 also requires in an expanded provision that various entities, including lodging properties, post a poster, developed by the  Office of Victim Services.
CLICK HERE  for this required poster. Print and place this poster in your front lobby visible to customers. Penalties are in effect, $100 first fine, $200 for any further fines. 
DHS Blue Campaign 
Hospitality Twitter Chat, 3/7/18
Join Blue Campaign on Wednesday, March 7th at 2:00 PM EST for a Twitter Chat focused on the hospitality industry. 
In addition to hearing what industry leaders are doing in this space, we will share information on how hotel guests and travelers can recognize and report this horrible crime.
Featured guests from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Asian American Hotel Owners Association will join to answer questions and share what their organizations are doing to help in the fight against human trafficking. 
It's simple to participate in the Twitter Chat: log on to Twitter a little before 2 PM EST on March 7th, search the hashtag #AskBlue to follow and contribute to our conversation. 
Human Trafficking Awareness (HTA) Training Toolkits
Resources for you to train yourself and your employees in-house:
See something? You can report an anonymous tip-
National Human Trafficking Hotline
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Connecticut. The National Hotline works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Connecticut to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources.
For CT Statistics CLICK HERE

If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation:
Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking. All reports are confidential and you may remain anonymous. Interpreters are available.

Submit a tip online through the anonymous online reporting form below. For immediate assistance or to speak directly with a Hotline Advocate, please contact us 24/7 at 1-888-373-7888. CLICK HERE for the form. 
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