Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association - Event Information

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OH&LA Employee Onboarding Webinar - Human Trafficking & the Role of Hospitality

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Human traffickers continue to plague businesses across the country as they exploit victims in the privacy of hotel rooms. Many hotels still lack the proper training and protocol to recognize and prevent these horrendous crimes. However, thanks to a partnership between Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) and the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, complimentary training is now available to all OH&LA members. 


Who should attend:
• Hotel owners, managers, and anyone responsible for the training of hotel employees

In this webinar, attendees will:
• Explore the prevalence of human trafficking in the hospitality industry.
• Learn to recognize common indicators of trafficking and the steps hoteliers can take to prevent exploitation.
• Understand the importance of providing hotel staff with trafficking awareness and prevention training.
• Discuss best practices for creating an environment that is inhospitable to human trafficking.
• Understand the process for implementing BEST complimentary employee training at your hotel

Kevin Connelly, MPA 
Corporate Relations Manager
Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST)

Kevin is a human rights advocate who speaks to employees and business leaders around the country about how to identify trafficking within their organization, and the steps they can take to successfully prevent exploitation. Kevin began his career as a documentary photographer focusing on migration, refugee health and ethnic conflict in Southeast Asia. While documenting the refugee crisis on the Thailand-Myanmar border, Kevin witnessed human trafficking firsthand and decided to combat the crime through prevention and demand reduction. 

As the Corporate Relations Manager for BEST, Kevin forms partnerships with businesses across the nation and facilitates training for various industries on how to keep their business safe and free from exploitation. Kevin also represents BEST on the Ending Exploitation Collaborative, a multi-sector partnership in Washington state that works to decrease the demand of commercial sex and increase services for victims of human trafficking.

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