Tarrant County Woman Sues Hotel Chains, Saying They Ignored Trafficking

Alan Scaia
December 13, 2019 - 7:18 am
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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A woman from Tarrant County has sued three hotel chains, saying they ignored signs that she was being trafficked.

The woman, identified only by her initials in the federal lawsuit, says her father sold her into sex trafficking when she was four to support his drug use. 

The lawsuit says her father and two others continued to traffic her for more than 20 years.

Her lawyers filed a federal lawsuit against Best Western, Hyatt and Red Lion. The lawsuit says the chains were complicit in the abuse because they did not recognize the signs of abuse or properly train employees to recognize abuse or report it.

The lawsuit says hotels follow industry standards to prevent human trafficking, but they do not enforce those standards or teach employees how to prevent abuse or intervene.

"While Best Western branded hotels are independently owned and operated, we require that each member hotel complies with all laws and treats all hotel guests consistent with our core values of integrity, honesty, and respect for others’ dignity. We provide information and training resources to member hotels on this serious issue such that hotels can educate their staff about how to recognize and report instances of trafficking," Best Western wrote in a statement.

Hyatt says it cannot comment on the lawsuit, but it "takes the issue of human trafficking very seriously and has taken proactive steps to identify and prevent human trafficking."

The lawsuit does not ask for a specific amount but seeks compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress.