While we have no objection to the goal of educating hotel employees to ensure that they understand the issue of human trafficking, we opposed provisions within this bill which would obligate employees to report “suspicious” activities. Especially considering that there are many stories of law enforcement personnel - who would likely be the personnel most well-trained in identifying human trafficking - misidentifying instances of trafficking, requiring that such hotel employees make allegations could have very concerning effects and should not be legally mandated.

A Sub A version of the bill positively only requires hotels to post information about reporting potential human trafficking, rather than holding all hotel employees responsible for the reporting of "suspicious" activities. We supported this version of the legislation.

Sponsors

Representative Grace Diaz

Status

Passed House Committee

Session

2021

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