Things will be better in Hawaii — hotels step up the fight

Hoteliers in Hawaii recognize the important role they can play in the reporting and/or prevention of human trafficking in this beautiful state. Just like every other state in the union, human trafficking will continue being a problem until everyone is informed and ready to make a difference.

With that in mind, Hawaii News Now reporter, Mileka Lincoln says that, “the vast majority of sex trafficking cases take place at hotels ― and Hawaii is no exception. In fact, officials say the tourism industry is one of the major factors driving Hawaii’s illicit sex trade.”

With that in mind, nonprofit Ho’ola Na Pua partnered with the tourism industry to host the inaugural Campaign for a Safer Community Monday. The conference was put together to enable hotel employees to better recognize and report signs of human trafficking.

“Our industry needs to know how we can deal with this,” said Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, one of the symposium’s sponsors. “It’s illegal. It’s indecent. It’s immoral and we don’t want it associated with our hospitality industry at all.”

Read more and watch the video about the symposium here on Hawaii New Now’s website.

Photo from Hawaii News Now video

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Originally published at Stop Human Trafficking Website.