Can Hotels Prevent Human Trafficking With Technology?

Can Hotels Prevent Human Trafficking With Technology?

By Gov CIO Outlook | Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Human trafficking needs to come to an end with the conscious effort not only from society but also from individual firms, mainly hotels. Technology is widely used in every industry; likewise, the hospitality industry can also make use of it to prevent trafficking in their premises with innovative mobile keys.

FREMONT, CA: In the modern world, human trafficking is an enormous issue, and everyone starting from the police to the government is trying to fight the social evil. Hundreds of people are being trafficked every hour, and it is one of the most crucial issues faced by humanity now.

Hotels round-the-world is being used to shuffle kids in and out of rooms to exploit them sexually, and because of it, a few hoteliers have come under scrutiny. Hotels or Motels are the most common areas for human trafficking as they are easily accessed. The traffickers maintain high secrecy through finances as they pay in cash. As per the security departments, traffickers take advantage of the privacy and anonymity to exploit the hospitality industry.

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Recently, hotels have tuned more concerned about the upcoming issue and have initiated an industry-wide 'No Room for Trafficking' campaign. The movement is to spread awareness concerning trafficking among the hoteliers and staff. It will also help in educating them to identify the signs of human trafficking inside their properties.

Technically, hotels can prevent human trafficking by keeping their shielding their resorts from being targeted. Hotels can leverage mobile key entry for the guests to get into the rooms anonymously and stop the traffickers from committing a crime. There are some benefits attached to the mobile key that can help in fighting the human traffickers:

Capturing the Phone Numbers:

A mobile key requires a smartphone, and the phone number used is obtained by the front desk or the property manager to make a digital key for the guest. Individuals who can participate in any illegal activity will hesitate to share their mobile number as they might come into the radar of suspicion.

Recording the Entry:

The most convenient way to monitor every guest in a hotel is via the mobile key. The mobile key keeps a record of entry, and hence, whenever the room is accessed, the unique code number gets recorded as evidence.

Giving Hotels Transparency:

Mobile keys provide maximum control over guestrooms of  hotels as they can keep track of who is accessing the room. The mobile key entry shows a part of the hotel technology, where hoteliers can satisfy their guests as well as prevent human trafficking.

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