In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Carrollton-based G6 Hospitality, the parent company of the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands, said it remains committed to raising awareness and advancing its efforts to help end human trafficking.
“We are focused on doing our part to combat the trafficking of people,” Julie Arrowsmith, who was just named president and interim CEO of G6 Hospitality earlier this month, said in a statement. “We strive to bring awareness to this ongoing issue through advocacy, education, enhanced safety procedures, and ensuring our franchise owners and the property teams understand the importance of remaining vigilant and taking action.”
Last year, G6 partnered with law enforcement to help support their human trafficking training programs, expanded important partnerships, and made meaningful contributions to efforts aimed at supporting survivors.
Assisting victims and training team members
G6’s anti-trafficking efforts include:
- Together with Extended Stay America, G6 Hospitality announced a combined inaugural $500,000 donation to AHLA’s No Room for Trafficking Survivors Fund, the industry’s first-ever Survivor Fund, administered by the American Hotel Lodging Association Foundation. The fund aims to help survivors of human trafficking have economic stability, alongside the AHLA Foundation’s No Room for Trafficking a training and education program to prevent human trafficking across the hotel and lodging industry.
- The company partnered with the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators (IAHTI) to train 42 hotels in the Birmingham, AL area ahead of the World Games.
- G6 Hospitality supported the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at the El Paso Summit to educate law enforcement and social services on best practices in hospitality.
- G6 Hospitality worked with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and Shared Hope International to help lead trainings and presentations on the threat of human trafficking.
Working with organizations to end human trafficking
This year, G6 will continue to work with long-term partners, including:
- New Friends New Life – G6 is assisting this Dallas nonprofit, to aid the organization in its commitment to helping survivors of human trafficking have access to education, job training, interim financial assistance and mental health support. G6 also holds a seat on the organization’s board of directors.
- Texas Businesses Against Trafficking – G6 allies itself with other Texas businesses to partner and educate on the signs of trafficking and how Texas businesses can raise awareness in their respective industries.
- ECPAT International – As a member of The Code (Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism), G6 helps coordinate research, advocacy and action to end the sexual exploitation of children, as well as annual financial support.
- It’s A Penalty (IAP) – G6 joins IAP to raise awareness of the issues of human trafficking surrounding the Big Game each February, partnering with IAP to lead training at area hotels and distribute the campaign materials to educate hotel guests and team members.
- Truckers Against Trafficking – G6 assists Truckers Against Trafficking in training truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking.
G6 also said it has initiated programs to execute its zero-tolerance stance against human trafficking, including implementing comprehensive awareness, proprietary training, and response programs within the local communities its franchisees serve. It has found success in this approach as all G6 Hospitality team members and owners share an active role in the fight against trafficking, the company said.
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