Certain occupations lead people into contact with human trafficking victims more often than others.

Educating yourself and your co-workers can lead to trafficking cases being reported more often.


Hotels and motels can often be used by transient traffickers to play host to sex trafficking. In some cases, the management is aware of the situation, and in others, they are not. Hotel should host trainings for their employees and post the National Human Trafficking Hotline for staff and guests to see. Human trafficking survivor Theresa Flores' organization TraffickFree prints the Human Trafficking Hotline on bars of soap for hotel rooms, which provides a way for trafficking victims to access the hotline without endangering themselves. If you work for a hotel or motel, make sure you know the signs of human trafficking and have reviewed these additional things to look out for.

Additional Signs to Look Out For

Front Desk, Concierge, Bellman, and Doorman
• Individuals checking into a room appear distressed, coerced, or injured
• Few or no personal possessions carried in small or plastic bags
• Patrons not forthcoming about full names, home address, or vehicle information when registering
• Patron appears with a minor that he did not come with originally
• Individuals dropped off at the hotel or visit repeatedly over a period of time
• Individuals checking into room have no identification
• Patron requesting information or access to adult services or sex industry
• Individuals selling items to or begging from patrons or staff
• Room paid for with cash or rechargeable credit card
• Excessive use of hotel computers for adult oriented websites
• Minor taking on adult roles or behaving older than actual age (paying bills, requesting services)
• Rentals of pornography when children are staying in the room
• Minor with patron late at night or during school hours
• Room is rented hourly, less than a day, or for long-term stay that does not appear normal
• Room rented has fewer beds than patrons
• Minor accessing business center and frequenting social networking or sexually explicit websites

Housekeeping and Room Service
• “Do Not Disturb” sign used constantly
• Excessive amounts of cash in room
• Presence of multiple computers, cell phones, pagers, credit card swipes, or other technology
• Children’s items or clothing but no child registered with the room
• Excessive amounts of alcohol or illegal drugs in rooms
• Excessive number of people staying in the room
• Provocative clothing and shoes
• Constant flow of men to a room at all hours
• Excessive amounts of sex paraphernalia in rooms
• Rooms stocked with merchandise, luggage, mail packages, and purses/wallets with different names
• Refusal of cleaning services for multiple days
• Smell of bodily fluids and musk
• Individuals leaving room infrequently, not at all, or at odd hours
• Individuals hanging out in hallways or appearing to monitor the area
• Minors left alone in room for long periods of time
• Extended stay with few or no personal possessions
• Men waiting in the lobby or outside of the room
• Individuals selling items to other patrons or staff
• Individuals begging for money or food
• Individuals digging in hotel garbage or taking a lot of toiletries from housekeeping carts