Pictured Above (from left): Cindy Fanning, WLA Board President; Mar Smith, BEST;
Michael Pitstick, General Manager of Radisson at Seattle Airport; Sgt. Jaycin Diaz, Seattle PD
"Not In My Hotel!"
"Not in my hotel! Not in my hotel!!" Over 100 lodging managers and owners from throughout the state chanted their commitment to help drive sex trafficking out of our community, at an annual luncheon of the Washington Lodging Association on March 28. Read more.
Inhospitable to Sex Trafficking Training on May 15
In King County, 300-500 children are being prostituted on any given night. Traffickers are using all types of lodging establishments to profit from the sexual exploitation of these vulnerable youth. Victims in King County have been found in economy motels and luxury hotels, in outlying suburbs and in our downtown corridors.
Please forward this training announcement to anyone you know in the hospitality industry. BEST and the Washington Lodging Association are co-sponsoring a training to help hotels become increasingly Inhospitable to Sex Trafficking. Training is on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:00-4:30pm in downtown Seattle. Read more.
Opportunity to Sponsor Hotel Training
Looking for a good way to help prevent trafficking and receive some great publicity? Read more
Posters and Indicators Cards Raising Awareness
When Maria* came to Washington state to work as in a home, she found herself working in conditions that are akin to modern day slavery. Her travel documents were taken from her and she was forced to work long hours with little or no pay. She didn't speak English, she didn't know how to get help, and she felt compelled to continue in her hardship. In a moment of desperation, Maria made it to a local store where she was planning to buy a phone card to call her mother in the Philippines. The cashier at the store happened to be from the Philippines and when Maria described her situation, the cashier not only realized that Maria might be a victim of trafficking but the cashier also knew who to call for help. Read more.
BEST Impact Report for 2012
Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking launched in March 2012. Read our Year End Impact report to learn more about our work.
# of People Who Learned About Human Trafficking: 1502
# of Employees Who Received Training: 820
Tools Developed for Businesses: BEST Principles, Baseline Reporting Tool, Risk Assessment Tool, BEST Outreach In a Box. Read more.
BEST Advisory Board
Interested in getting involved with BEST? In September, our governing board voted to build an advisory board to support our mission in a less time-intensive but highly impactful capacity. The Advisory Board is a group of influential community leaders that meets two times a year and helps advance the mission of BEST by (a) advising on the strategic plan and (b) helping to mobilize financial and networking resources to advance the strategic plan. Interested in applying? Read more.