Wiltshire & Swindon Hotel Watch seeks to connect the police with the local hotel, B&B and guest house industry across Wiltshire and Swindon; so we can share information that can help keep your guests, staff and premises safe from the threat of illegal activity.
Hotel rooms, B&Bs and serviced, short-term let apartments are often booked to be used as locations for people to meet and pay for sex.
Signs of sex workers using hotels:
- Working singly or in pairs from one room
- Would have frequent visitors coming through the hotel, who are only staying for a short period of time
- Often refuse any cleaning or servicing of their room for the duration of their booking
- Request to pay cash for their stay
- Cleaning staff may find visible signs of their trade in the room such as used condoms, packets of condoms, lubricants
- Could be acting under duress and victims of Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking.
Some hotels have revised their policies to specify that no room goes un-serviced for 24-48 hours and is therefore accessed by cleaning staff who may identify signs the room is not being used appropriately.
Child Sexual Exploitation/ Child Criminal Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse and is illegal.
Possible signs to look out for:
- Young people with significantly older associates, appearing to act as though they are in a relationship
- A young person who appears withdrawn/terrified/controlled or tries to hide their face, won’t speak, make eye contact or has bruises or similar injuries
- Multiple older visitors to a room at regular intervals
- Rooms used by young people with a lot of condoms/condom wrappers, drugs/drug paraphernalia
- Young people not seeming to know their exact location.
- Ask for ID of guests who appear to be under the age of 25 – both in the licensed area and when delivering alcohol to rooms
- Report anything suspicious to the police
Modern slavery is the exploitation of people and can take many forms.
Possible signs of victims:
- Physical appearance – malnourished, unkempt or appear withdrawn and neglected; there may be untreated injuries
- Isolation – rarely allowed to travel on their own or interact with other people; seem under the control or influence of others; appear unfamiliar with their location; lack identification documents
- Few or no personal possessions, always wearing the same clothes
- Unusual travel times – dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night
- Reluctance to seek help – avoid eye contact and appear vague; hesitant to talk and fearful of law enforcers; they may be accompanied by someone else who speaks for them.
Hotels and B&Bs can be used by drug dealing networks which run across various counties:
- Groups working these networks tend to be gang related
- Guests might have multiple mobiles with extra SIM cards, make cash payments and use a hired vehicle
- Younger more vulnerable people may be under their control, given tasks to do (as runners) and have little or no money themselves
- Drug dealers normally operate from two or more premises at any one time.
People go missing for many reasons including personal choice, mental health issues or to escape situations.
- Avoid eye contact and appear vague, hesitant to talk and seem fearful of people in authority and law enforcers
- Lack identification documents and have few personal possessions
- Be distraught, not wishing to engage in conversation
- Decline offers of assistance – have no means of travel
- Be vulnerable.
Useful links on Wiltshire Police website
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