TORONTO — Realstar Hospitality is collaborating with Seattle-based non-profit, Business Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), to help raise vigilance for the role that human trafficking can play in the travel-and-tourism industry.
Every employee at more than 145 franchised hotels across the country has completed BEST’s Inhospitable to Human Trafficking online training. The department-specific training is a brand standard for all hotel associates at every Days Inn, Motel 6 and Studio 6 franchised location in Canada. Beyond training, hotel employees received resources to supplement their knowledge further and help prepare them for potential occurrences.
“Human trafficking is a despicable global reality. As much as we may like to think that modern-day slavery does not occur in Canada, the ugly truth is that it does,” says Irwin Prince, president & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “Hotels can become the unwitting and unwilling venue for this crime. As an industry, we need to be on the lookout for the indicators all the time.”
“Prevention starts on the frontlines, and we are committed to increasing awareness of the signs and the actions necessary to prevent human trafficking. All hotel employees must understand how they can help,” adds Prince.