Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., Choice Hotels International, Inc., and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Inc., were listed as defendants in lawsuits filed by three sex trafficking victims in December 2019. The lawsuits claim that these hotels did not do enough to counteract sex trafficking activities that allegedly occurred at their premises. The same lawsuits accuse the hotel chains of negligence, gross negligence, and violations of federal and state laws prohibiting trafficking.
In one of the instances, a plaintiff was victimized by a sex trafficker for over one week at a Comfort Inn in Houston. The plaintiff’s attorney stated to reporters that, “[I]n her case, given the frequency of the visits, [Comfort Inn] should have known what was going on.” The other hotels in the lawsuits were a La Quinta Inn and a Doubletree Hotel, both in Houston. It is unquestioned that these hotels should be held responsible for their role in the harm suffered by the plaintiffs in these lawsuits. Moreover, the vast majority of reported sex trafficking incidents take place in hotels, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline-all the more reason why hotels should be held accountable for actions that occur on their premises.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sex trafficking or seriously injured while a guest at a hotel, call Abraham Watkins today. It is imperative that you find a law firm to manage your claim as soon as possible following an incident of this nature. Further, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling these cases to ensure that companies are held fully accountable. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at (713) 222-7211 or 713-222-7211 for your free consultation.