Jackie Speier to co-host anti-prostitution training

A Bay Area congresswoman is working with local police to train hotel managers how to recognize and thwart human trafficking related to prostitution.

Rep. Jackie Speier will join with the Burlingame and South San Francisco police departments in hosting a training session tomorrow, Friday, April 19, at the Hilton San Francisco Bayfront in Burlingame.

“Hotels and motels are an essential component in the vicious network of human trafficking,” Speier, D-San Mateo, said in a news release. “The people working in hotels can help prevent sex trafficking if they know how to recognize signs that are not always obvious and contact the authorities when they do. For example, in a recent case on the Peninsula, a hotel worker contacted the police after noting that the same individual had rented two hotel rooms for four different young women two days in a row. Not only were the victims rescued, but their traffickers are facing lengthy sentences and fine.”

Managers at the training will hear from public officials and experts about the severity of human trafficking in the area, learn how to recognize victims and how to interfere. Speakers will include Burlingame Mayor Ann Keighran, Burlingame Police Chief Ed Wood, South San Francisco Police Sergeant Billy Schwartz and representatives from the Burlingame Hotel Manager’s Safety Association.

Speier’s office says sex trafficking is considered the third-largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world; it is estimated 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders, and an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 domestic minors are forced into sex work every year in the United States.

This will be the third hotel training Speier and law enforcement have held since she helped launch the Zero Tolerance Anti-Trafficking Initiative in San Mateo County.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    That’s ironic.

    A politician wants to teach people how to recognize whores.

  • RR senile columnist

    A truly dumb idea, only an academic would love. A night porter from Central Europe or even a sober citizen in the Tenderloin could spot the named parties with no fuss.

  • JohnW

    I assume she is wanting to specifically target sex trafficking rings, which are horrible and need to be vigorously prosecuted and shut down. I doubt the Hyatt has very much interest in preventing a business traveler from contacting an escort service for some companionship.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    Why don’t these die hard liberals try to decriminalize prostitution? Regulate & tax, the tax evaders. Maybe, just maybe, that would end the so called sex trafficking.
    Taxpayer money keeps going down the tubes.

    I will quote a drug agent. “Busting one, creates a job opening”