Source: Hotel Business
July 24, 2020
Dozens of hotel- and motel-related entities are currently defending against civil lawsuits alleging financial benefit from sex trafficking in violation of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). The defendants in TVPRA-centered lawsuits range from local franchisees and individual hotel management companies to international franchisors and brand parent companies. According to the 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report published by the Human Trafficking Institute, civil human trafficking lawsuits more than doubled from 2018 to 2019. In 2019 alone, no less than 125 hotel/motel-related entities were sued in state and federal courts throughout the country in connection with human trafficking. The number of civil filings is expected to only increase as plaintiffs continue to receive rulings in their favor, as discussed beneath the “Recent Developments” heading below.