In April 2016 our SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) team received its first training to prepare us for going to area hotels and providing education about how to stop human trafficking for hotel/motel management and staff. We learned we would be providing a recent list with pictures of missing youth (ages 11-17 years), a folder with posters to post in the work areas, information cards in English and Spanish for training the staff on warning signs of trafficking as well as small bars of soap with the hotline included (to be placed in the hotel-motel bathrooms). We also learned to keep a written assessment of our encounter and an assessment of the surrounding hotel grounds.
Our first group covered the six Solon and Aurora hotels-motels in early May 2016 and then covered the six Twinsburg hotels-motels in later May. We were well received by ten out of twelve hotels. Two had no one at the desk and despite our attempts to try and meet with them, we were unsuccessful.
Anyone interested in training for this effort, please contact Nancy at 543-1355.