In June, MWL realized a very important collaboration with the prestigious Hilton Garden Inn in Tirana with hotel staff on trafficking of human beings.
This training was carried out with a framework of awareness, identification and referral of potential trafficking and exploitation cases in the hotel industry and tourism.
Trainings like this are of great importance due to the fact that the hotel industry and hotels are the second most common site for sex trafficking.
20 staff participated from various key departments of the hotel, such as security, reception, sanitary care, and managerial staff.
The training focused on group discussions with staff on various cases of exploitation and trafficking in the hotel premises. This helped raise the awareness and vigilance of staff of each department to identify potential cases and refer those cases.
According to the participants’ evaluations, the training gave them a new understanding of the latest global and local statistics of trafficking, exploitation, and modern slavery.
The participants learned about cases of identification and reporting of sexual exploitation in hotels. In these cases, cooperation of all hotel departments for case identification is essential.
Participants shared their experiences from previous work, understanding that trafficking is a phenomenon that occurs in the hotel industry of tourism in Albania. Hilton Garden Inn has adopted many barriers and procedures to prevent sexual exploitation. The staff can now be even more vigilant in identifying signs of a potential case by collaborating with each other and referring to management, following the internal protocol of the company.