By working with the business community, we can help businesses reduce their exposure to risks from traffickers and buyers of commercial sex, while also connecting the victims to services.
Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) works with businesses in the northwest and beyond to help train employees to be vigilant, and how to respond. Employees of businesses may see indicators of trafficking and exploitation, and can be trained on appropriate ways to report or intervene. Much of this work takes place in hotels. Increasingly, other businesses are realizing that they can also benefit from training.
As a direct result of BEST training, a business person reported a suspected trafficking ring, which launched a major police investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office subsequently indicted six defendants for bringing women from Thailand to work in brothels in four states in the U.S..