Tourism industry learns about deterring sex trafficking | KOB 4

Tourism industry learns about deterring sex trafficking

Joshua Panas
June 21, 2018 07:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The head of a group that helps survivors of sex trafficking get back on their feet is passing on her knowledge to the hospitality industry.


How trafficking happens and how it happens within these hotels and motels,” said Shelley Repp, executive director of Spoken For, New Mexico.

Repp says it’s valuable to educate hotels, tourism groups and other hospitality officials on warning signs and ways to deter traffickers from using their events as a magnet for people who buy into exploitation.

“These are real people who have real lives and are trying to restore them because of what happened in that venue,” Repp said.

Repp says everyone is responsible for stopping these crimes, starting with helping homeless teens.

“We have a lot of vulnerable kids susceptible to trafficking,” Repp said. “They're being trafficked in hotels and motels but they’re also being held in those local hotels and motels in Albuquerque. So they're living in one, doing work out of another.”

She’d like to see the city not just target traffickers, but provide resources for survivors.


Joshua Panas

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