Here is a piece of good news. SWHTTF and the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association have come together to combat human trafficking cases occurring in hotels and motels. These groups are collaborating with the SAFE Action Project to combat human trafficking in Michigan by focusing on hospitality sector. “MLTA President Steve Yencich says he sees the partnership as a moral obligation from the industry. “And our adoption is our industry’s attempt to really do what we can, from our perspective, to reduce these incidents of human trafficking,” says Yencich.”
The partnership began in January, with few hotel owners in Benton Harbor as a pilot project run in Berrien County. The hotel owners, managers and supervisors are made aware how to tackle situations related to human trafficking in the hotels. The training sessions and videos are not lengthy.
Further, “Cathy Knauf, the founder of [SWHTTF], says she doesn’t expect the new program to suddenly uncover every incident of human trafficking in Michigan. But she hopes that by working together with businesses, they can cast a wide net to keep trafficking at bay.”