Human Trafficking Prevention Training Update April 26, 2022 - BEST and Marriott and ECPAT programs approved by the State In the 2021 Legislative Session, the State Legislature passed HB 390, requiring all employees at hotels with more than 10 rooms receive annual training on preventing human trafficking activity.  The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is the state agency responsible for enforcing the new… Continue Reading
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Training: January Update January 28, 2022 - Training Programs: As THLA previously reported, Texas’s new human trafficking prevention training requirement for hotel employees formally took effect on January 1st.  The new law is administered by the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG), and it requires all commercial lodging establishments with more than 10 rooms annually train employees on recognizing human trafficking… Continue Reading
Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Training Law Takes Effect December 28, 2021 - As we previously reported, a new law requiring annual human trafficking prevention training for commercial lodging industry employees takes effect on January 1, 2022.  The Texas hotel industry, in coordination with the major hotel brands and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, advocated for the passage of the Texas human trafficking prevention training legislation in… Continue Reading
July 30th – Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking July 29, 2021 - This Friday, July 30, is the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking of Persons. This day raises awareness of human trafficking, which is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel people into labor or commercial sex acts. The International Labor Organization estimates that around the world, there are more than 25 million men,… Continue Reading
THLA and BEST partnership furthers the goal of training all hotel employees to recognize human trafficking June 14, 2021 - Austin, Texas The Texas Hotel and Lodging Association (THLA) and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) are pleased to announce that Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed House Bill 390 into law.  The legislation, which passed with nearly unanimous support, requires annual human trafficking awareness and prevention training for hotel employees.  THLA and BEST supported… Continue Reading
Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Signed by Governor Abbott May 27, 2021 - THLA is pleased to announce that Governor Abbott has signed into law House Bill 390 (authored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston) relating to annual human trafficking awareness and prevention training for hotel employees.  THLA supported this important legislation as we worked with the bill’s author and numerous stakeholders to provide an effective means under state… Continue Reading
THLA Partners with BEST to Provide Complimentary Training in Human Trafficking Issues November 27, 2018 - In 2018 THLA  announced a new partnership with BEST, a national leading provider of human trafficking awareness training. This partnership will give THLA members free access to online human trafficking training for all hotel staff. BEST's online human trafficking training program was created specifically for the hotel industry, and it will help your staff learn how to recognize… Continue Reading

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