On Tuesday, December 2nd, the District Council passed the “Sex Trafficking of Minors Prevention Act of 2014”. The goal of the legislation is to enhance certain aspects of the District’s laws to prohibit human trafficking, particularly as it pertains to the trafficking of minor children. A hotel will be required to post a sign if an arrest for a human trafficking offense that leads to a conviction was made at the property. The sign will be required to be posted for one (1) year, and any hotel that self-reports any incident or suspected incident to law enforcement will be exempt from the posting requirement should a conviction stem from the self-reporting.
The bill is currently being transmitted to the Mayor for his signature, and will then have to go through a 90-day congressional review process. HAWDC will continue to monitor this legislation and update our Members accordingly.