Hotels Complicit in Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation

A North Texas woman who was the victim of human trafficking and prostitution starting when she was 4 years old has filed a federal lawsuit against three national hotel chains, charging that they are complicit by failing to stop trafficking and sexual exploitation on their property.

According to the lawsuit filed by trial lawyers at Houston-based Lanier Law Firm, hospitality companies including Best Western International, Hyatt Hotels and Red Lion have failed to protect sex trafficking victims despite widespread documentation about the problem. The federal lawsuit is part of a series of similar complaints seeking to hold hotel chains accountable.

“The hotel industry plays a crucial role in the sex trade,” said Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier. “For too long, the industry has profited by looking the other way when sex trafficking has been happening right in front of them. We’re filing this lawsuit to get some justice for victims and to let these businesses know that their lack of action is unacceptable.”

The suit specifically names Best Western Plus DFW Airport Suites, Hyatt House Dallas/Frisco, Best Western Irving Inn & Suites at DFW Airport, and the America’s Best Value Inn Irving/Dallas.

“These crimes are happening in plain sight,” said Lanier Law Firm trial lawyer Monica Cooper. “The hospitality industry has the ability to do something about this crisis. It’s time for them to take ownership of this problem and do the right thing for these victims.”

To speak with Monica Cooper about this lawsuit, contact J.D. Cargill at jdc@lanierlawfirm.com or 713-659-5200.

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