In the name of stopping sex trafficking, the Department of Homeland Security is “providing law enforcement with cover to convince citizens to spy on each other and report one another to police for perfectly normal activity.”
“We would rather have you call anybody and report it to somebody,” a DHS spokeswoman told 9News Colorado, “even if it turns out to be nothing, than miss one of those victims that’s suffering.”
That’s why, as part of the “Safe Action Project,” DHS staff will train hotel and hospitality workers on how to spot the so-called signs of sex trafficking.
Bed in a Junior Media Suite at the W Seoul
Here are some of the things that hotel workers may be on the lookout for. Check your own hotel habits.
- frequent use of the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your room’s door (because you’re working or you’re just taking Hyatt’s branding campaign seriously)
- garbage cans with multiple used condoms (you’re taking Hyatt’s branding campaign seriously)
- guests who “avert[..] eyes or does not make eye contact” (I’m usually checking into my hotel because I’m tired…)
- people with “lower quality clothing than companions” (no one ever accused me of fashion)
- people who have “suspicious tattoos” (you’re from Austin or Portland)
- if you have multiple computers, cell phones, and other technology (like bloggers!)
- “presence of photography equipment” (like bloggers!)
- refusal of cleaning services for multiple days (Starwood’s ‘Make a Green Choice’ for 500 bonus points a night)
- rooms paid for with cash or a rechargeable credit card (you have to unload your gift card purchases somehow)
- guests with few personal possessions (you refuse to check a bag because you’re a frequent traveler)
Bed in a Royal Suite at the Burj al Arab
As Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes,
Take heed, lovers on romantic getaways, photographers on assignment, beauty-product junkies, tech workers, cash carriers, alcoholics, late sleepers, slobs, immodest dressers, people on the autism spectrum, people with body-odor problems, single patrons seeking hotel-bar hookups, light packers, and those with a youthful appearance: DHS is onto you!