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“They made me aware,” Paulin said of Anneke Lucas, a sex-trafficking victim, and the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser. Lucas started an online petition in January calling for legislation mandating that hotels post clearly visible signs explaining what sex trafficking might look like, and that they train employees how to recognize victims and signs of trafficking. The petition has more than 54,000 signatures. Possible indicators of sex trafficking include guests who book multiple rooms, rent rooms by the hour and pay cash, or men accompanied by young girls who appear downtrodden or do not make eye contact. Girls tattooed with “Daddy’s Girl,” “Daddy’s Little Money Maker” or bar codes are other potential signs, said Carol Smolenski, the executive director of ECPAT-USA, or End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, a Brooklyn offshoot of the international group. Paulin, a Democrat who represents Westchester County, has introduced a bill that essentially mirrors a 2016 Connecticut law requiring hotels to become more engaged in fighting sex trafficking by training employees to spot victims and common trafficking activity. It is early in the process the bill is in the Economic Development Committee but Paulin is confident it will become law. “This is too important,” she said. “We know girls are being trafficked in hotels, and the more awareness we can bring, the greater potential we have of rescuing them and preventing future victims.” If enacted, Paulin said, the legislation will apply to “all lodging facilities,” which the bill defines as hotels, motels, motor courts, apartment hotels, resorts, inns, boardinghouses, rooming houses or lodging houses.
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