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Hotels briefed about exploitation

Officers from the Operational Support Unit have begun to brief hotels about the signs to look for which could suggest someone is being exploited.

The work, which is named Operation Phoenix, is an investigation relating to sexual offences involving potentially vulnerable teenagers and adults.

Currently a number of Jersey hotels are believed to be being used for the purposes of prostitution, which may involve organised exploitation.

Now officers are speaking to hotels across the island to ensure they know what signs to look out for and what to do if they are concerned.

Under Jersey law prostitution is not classed as an offence, however it does provide protection for people under trafficking legislation.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Beechey said: “We believe that some of the women, and men, receiving payment for sexual services may be vulnerable and possibly being controlled by others, as well as facing obvious risks when alone with clients.

“We want to ensure the safety of these people from exploitation and trafficking, however this is not always an easy task as many do not see themselves as victims. By educating hotel staff we hope to be able to identify those who are potentially vulnerable and engage with them.”

The advice being given to hotels will be distributed as leaflets and include the following -

What to Look Out For:
• Adult refusing to leave credit card details and paying in cash.
• Teenagers loitering in public areas/external areas of premises.
• Guests with local addresses renting a room.
• Guests who appear secretive about their visit or trying to conceal their activities in the room, or who they are with last minute/walk-in bookings.
• Bookings made in different names to those who check-in / person speaking a different language to the person booking.
• Frequent visitors to the hotel who do not appear to have a reason for being there.
• Guests who move in and out of the premises regularly at unusual hours.
• Guest rooms with a lot of condoms/condom wrappers, drugs/drug paraphernalia (e.g. syringes, wraps, pipes, bongs, broken light bulbs, spoons, plastic bags).
• Signs of alcohol, drug or substance misuse.
• High traffic to guest room.
• Guests arriving and asking for a specific room number but they don’t know the name in which the room is booked.
• Guests who don’t want their room cleaned or visited.
• Guests who do not have any luggage or ID.
• Young people with significantly older boyfriends/girlfriends.
• Guests who appear to be under the age of 25 for ID both in the licensed area and when delivering alcohol to rooms.
• A pre-paid bar tab to a room where children stay.
• Number of persons visiting a room at regular intervals – a person may have arranged for others to visit the room where a child is being sexually exploited.
• Young persons who appear overly made up.
• Guests who access an excessive or unusual amount of pornography
(TV or computer).
• Individuals who appear to be monitoring public areas.

 

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