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Frequent minibar-restock requests and refusal of maid service for several days also listed among signs you might be a sex trafficker.

yammylee/Flickryammylee/FlickrThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to pour time and taxpayer money into convincing the American people that there's an epidemic of sex trafficking here. So bad is this alleged epidemic that ordinary crime-control measures won't work, hence the deparment is recruiting truck drivers and hotel workers to be its eyes and ears on the ground. Ugh.

Despite federal fearmongering, there's no concrete evidence to suggest that sex trafficking is even prevalent in America, let alone on the rise. But you would never know that from listening to lawmakers, federal officials, and their local-media mouthpieces talk. And while some of this propaganda stems from good intentions, it also provides good fodder for all manner of civil-liberties abuses, from seizing sex-business assets to expanding police wiretapping power. Now it's providing law enforcement with cover to convince citizens to spy on each other and report one another to police for perfectly normal activity. 

"We would rather have you call anybody and report it to somebody," a DHS spokeswoman told 9News Colorado, "even if it turns out to be nothing, than miss one of those victims that’s suffering."

That's why, as part of the "Safe Action Project," DHS staff will train hotel and hospitality workers on how to spot the so-called signs of sex trafficking. Alleged "red flags" include:

  • garbage cans containing many used condoms
  • frequent use of "Do Not Disturb" sign on room door
  • excessive foot traffic in and out of a room
  • "excessive sex paraphernalia" in room
  • an "overly smelly room" that reeks of "cigarette, marijuana, sweat, bodily fluids, and musk"
  • a guest who "averts eyes or does not make eye contact"
  • individuals "dressed inappropriate for age" or with "lower quality clothing than companions" 
  • guests with "suspicious tattoos" 
  • the presence of multiple computers, cell phones, pagers, credit card swipes, or other technology 
  • the presence of photography equipment
  • minibar in need of frequent restocking
  • guests with too many personal hygiene products, especially "lubrication, douches"
  • guests with too few personal possessions
  • rooms paid for with cash or a rechargeable credit card
  • "individuals loitering and soliciting male customers" 
  • "claims of being an adult though appearance suggests adolescent features"
  • refusal of room cleaning services for multiple days 

Take heed, lovers on romantic getaways, photographers on assignment, beauty-product junkies, tech workers, cash carriers, alcoholics, late sleepers, slobs, immodest dressers, people on the autism spectrum, people with body-odor problems, single patrons seeking hotel-bar hookups, light packers, and those with a youthful appearance: DHS is onto you! 

Meanwhile, in California, the Attorney General’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, and an organization called Truckers Against Trafficking have been teaming up to train truck drivers on how to identify and report suspected sex traffickers. The program essentially urges truckers to report people offering prostitution at truck stops, making sure to include "actionable information" such as a physical descriptions of the individual, car make and model, license plate number, etc. 

"Given the cross-jurisdictional nature of the crime of human trafficking and the use of major thoroughfares by traffickers, truck drivers are particularly well-positioned to aid law enforcement," states a press release from California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. The training "will also feature The Freedom Drivers Project, a first-of-its-kind 48-foot mobile exhibit that includes artifacts from trafficking cases, portraits of Truckers Against Trafficking members, and ways members of the public can join the fight against human trafficking." 

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  • Hugh Akston||

    WHAT THE FUCK DOES PROSTITUTION HAVE TO DO WITH HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE FIRST PLACE

  • ||

    Look, you saw how just last week our noble saviors stopped a bunch of desperate American men accidentally impregnating a bunch of Koreans who were just trying to have anchor babies who would grow up and take our jobs.

  • Hugh Akston||

    You obviously haven't got the most recent memo, nicole. Immigrants no longer want to take our jobs. Now they want to soak up our beloved welfare system. Or conduct a stealth invasion and institute Sharia. I forget which one, but it's definitely going to bring down America for real this time.

  • ||

    Miscegenation is how they will accomplish all these goals and more.

  • Hugh Akston||

    So how does Rentboys fit into that plan?

  • ||

    Are you trying to say only women can get pregnant? Are you some kind of cis shitlord?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Ok, enough wine glass-clinking, you two. Time to get back to what's important: How Americans can hide their condom use.

  • ||

    Oh Paul. I'm so sorry you have to use condoms. I'm sure you'll find someone to go steady with soon.

  • Hank Phillips||

    It certainly worked to get a Democrat in the Whites-Only House! Anything that reduces God's Own Party to prayer-rug carpetbiting and tantrums can't be all bad.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I was coming here to talk about this. Homeland Security, much like "Commerce Clause" and "General Welfare" or "Public Health" has a wide and far-reaching mandate to police and clean up anything which threatens the Security of the Homeland. This is why DHS ordered a man to remove what was believed (by DHS agents) to be counterfeit Rubik's Cubes from his store shelves. Counterfeit goods represent a threat to the economic security of the homeland. Boom, within the mission.

    If your daughters don't feel safe from the unscrupulous claw-hand of human trafficking, then that is ipso facto a threat to the security of the Homeland.

  • Robert||

    And the linked document says, "Trafficking is exploitation-based and does not require movement across borders or any type of transportation." "Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act."

    The lists are interesting for their lack of parallel construction & difficulty to parse (I'm not sure what some of them are supposed to mean) & for the "Huh?" factor, beyond ENB's excerpts. Of course they say none of the items alone are indicators, only the observ'n of several of them...but I wonder how some can be clues at all. Several of them are things it seems even a spy couldn't possibly know about, and others are things the hotel would be glad to have. One item, renting a room for less than a day, is something that'd be a policy of the hotel, not the sort of thing the guest would decide.

    What's a rechargeable credit card? Do they mean debit card? If not, what kind of credit card is not rechargeable?

    Some supposed clues are things one could determine only after it was already known the person was a victim: lack of freedom of movement, or lack of access to one's own ID, cell phone or $. How could someone have "numerous inconsistencies in his/her story" unless you were already grilling that person under suspicion of a crime, and in that case why would you need warning signs? How would you know a tattoo was of a trafficker's name unless you already knew that name?

  • Knoss||

    I think by rechargable credit card, they mean pre paid credit cards. The ones you buy at the grocery store for cash or debit. I can see hotels not taking these because they can't charge damage or theft. I think some of the items clearly show not trafficking but prostitution. The most obvious is having multiple cell phones are computers. Why would traffic victims have access to communication? This seems like something sex workers would do to conduct business, or to connect with other sex workers for safety.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Who else is going to wrest control of sexual commerce and snuff it out? You?

  • Hank Phillips||

    It's un-Christian, and a violation of Christian National Socialist™ racial protection laws. The whole idea of Homeland Security is enforcement of chaste Zuchtung legislation. Look up Reichsbauernführer R.W. Darré and you'll find that "the legal order has the decisive significance for the fate of the hereditary values of a people, since it determines which human values are furthered, and which limited or even eliminated."

  • Free Market Socialist $park¥||

    Does getting a BJ in the car count as sex trafficking?

  • Swiss Servator||

    Yes. Turn yourself in, citizen!

  • Lee G||

    Was a cigar involved? If so, then NO.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Alleged "red flags" include:


    What about hot dog shirts?

  • Swiss Servator||

    an "overly smelly room" that reeks of "cigarette, marijuana, sweat, bodily fluids, and musk"

    I AM REPORTING EPI'S HOME RIGHT NOW!!!

  • fish||

    Nahh....DHS already knows about his basement fun room/interrogation chamber. I think they be sublet it from him.

  • ||

    I used to drive to Dallas from Austin every other weekend to visit my college girlfriend who lived with her very Southern Baptist aunt. We'd then retire to a hotel from Friday to Sunday. I'm pretty sure I know this exact smell.

  • Reactionary Moment||

    reason number 1057 never to visit the police state USA if you can avoid it. Thanks obama.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    He's improved our image abroad.

  • DonEscapedTexas||

    Not to defend BHO44 or to miss a good joke, but

    Pretty much every administration loves the power grab
    no matter the year or circumstance
    and no matter the party.
    In this regard, the presidents of the US and Egypt can not be distinguished between.

    FWIW: the comments here are the best thing online most days.

  • Swiss Servator||

    The program essentially urges truckers to report people offering prostitution at truck stops, making sure to include "actionable information" such as a physical descriptions of the individual, car make and model, license plate number, etc.

    I would call in a description of the local lot lizard and say she was getting into the front seat of a State Trooper car...

  • ||

    Or a DHS vehicle...it's a Black SUV with tinted windows...yes...government plates...

  • SFC B||

    About 15 years ago I worked in an office that was in a seedier part of town. Occasionally the police would run prostitution stings. After a couple iterations I learned to identify when they had an officer out pretending to be a prostitute, or when they had an officer driving around trying to hire them. I would call the non-emergency line for the local police station and report the officer who was on the sting. It was always entertaining when the police car would roll up on the undercover officer. Once the uniformed officers even got into an argument with the undercover one that required the support staff to come from wherever they were hiding to sort it out.

  • mb||

    sounds like dhs is targeting the secret service

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Good thing Keith Moon isn't still with us.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I know this won't make me popular, but I for one am glad to see DHS protecting us from a runaway libertarian moment occurring in our nation's motel rooms.

  • Alcibiades||

    that's libertine moment...on second thoughts.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    individuals "dressed inappropriate for age" or with "lower quality clothing than companions"

    This is what happens when sex-trafficking activists get their foot in the door. Seriously. You absolutely know this shit was the result of a series of 'training seminars' that were designed by a bunch of crunchy activists who felt really, really important when they were invited to "give a talk".

  • Hank Phillips||

    Next thing you know the Satanic heretics'll be wanting individual rights and reproductive choice!

  • Anomalous||

    individuals "dressed inappropriate for age"

    Like, middle aged men wearing graphic t-shirts?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    guests with "suspicious tattoos"

    presence of photography equipment

    "claims of being an adult though appearance suggests adolescent features

    Baby-faced millennials with cell phones, tablets, or kindles are pretty damn worrisome.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Take heed, lovers on romantic getaways, photographers on assignment, beauty-product junkies, tech workers, cash carriers, alcoholics, late sleepers, slobs, immodest dressers, people on the autism spectrum, people with body-odor problems, single patrons seeking hotel-bar hookups, light packers, and those with a youthful appearance: DHS is onto you!

    While I do appreciate this paragraph, you could have shortened it to say "all child-less, non-whites who do not travel in formal wear."

  • ||

    So bad is this alleged epidemic that ordinary crime-control measures won't work, hence the deparment is recruiting truck drivers and hotel workers to be its eyes and ears on the ground.

    We chickens tryin' to sleep!

  • Inigo Montoya, Micro-Aggressor||

    So "If you see something, say something" has essentially morphed into
    "If YOU ain't gettin' laid, and the people down the hall look like they're getting it on the regular, turn 'em into DHS!"

    Seriously, when did the department ostensibly charged with fighting terrorism switch over to stamping out sex?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    DHS has always been a giant cluster fuck of formerly separate power groups. That those groups continue expanding their powers should surprise no one.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    The program essentially urges truckers to report people offering prostitution at truck stops, making sure to include "actionable information" such as a physical descriptions of the individual, car make and model, license plate number, etc.

    Good. Put tweekers and caffeine addicts on edge.

  • Robert||

    I've noticed in the past few yrs. how the word "actionable", which used to be litigator's jargon, has turned into more general jargon for "able to be acted on" or "able to be done". I don't know if I should be pleased the word's lost some of its original jargonhood, or displeased it's spread to wider jargondom.

  • ||

    I forget who the mayor of NYC was, maybe bloomturd, but I remember reading comments from that fair city's residents that all of his issues were drummed up to distract from his complete incompetence at running the city. Better to have the proles squabbling over soft drink size mandates and salt shakers than have them outside city hall with pitchforks because the city is overrun with roaches and bedbugs.

    Inequality. Sex trafficking. Gun epidemic. Banksters. Climate change.

  • Anomalous||

    Rats on the West Side, bedbugs uptown...

  • Notorious UGCC||

    "an "overly smelly room" that reeks of "cigarette, marijuana, sweat, bodily fluids, and musk""

    The DHS will be spending half of its resources following AC/DC from one hotel to another.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    I'm just kidding, I didn't mean to imply they smoke tobacco cigarettes.

  • Inigo Montoya, Micro-Aggressor||

    "an "overly smelly room" that reeks of "cigarette, marijuana, sweat, bodily fluids, and musk""

    In other words -- pot, ass sex, and Mexicans.

    The DHS is basically cracking down on the Libertarian Moment(TM)

  • Dark Space||

    $10 says this ends up leading to a massive Secret Service agent sting within 3 months.

  • JaimeRoberto||

    Truckers Against Trafficking? I guess it's fair to say that there will be no tit for TAT.

  • tpaine||

    This comment deserves at least modest praise.
    At least somebody's trying.

  • Anomalous||

    *golf clap*

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  • billstewart||

    SPAM - please delete

  • Hank Phillips||

    I second that motion.

  • ||

    I am not too worried about this law. As soon as some Congressman gets caught in a hotel room having sex withe a prostitute, the law will be repelled.

  • meh130||

    Aren't false imprisonment and prostitution state crimes? Why is DHS in this? Kidnapping is a federal crime, but the FBI belongs to the DOJ, not DHS. The only place DHS plays is in the immigration violations of trafficking in persons.

    The local law enforcement often has prostitution well covered. They know where it happens, they know the avoidance techniques, etc., and know how to operate stings. When prostitution is done in a manner which makes law enforcement difficult, most municipal governments know how to pass nuisance laws to make it more difficult (or to push it out of town).

  • ImanAzol||

    So, they have a lot of condoms in their trash cans?

  • ImanAzol||

    So, DragonCon?

  • searchingmind||

    I still haven't figured out how prostitution affects Homeland Security.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Their jackbooted minions are funded by money ripped off from producers. Government thugs offer no product other than armed violence.

  • EscherEnigma||

    For reference, are all government works thugs, or just the armed ones?

  • Radioactive||

    unarmed violence?

  • Hank Phillips||

    Funny thing about civil asset forfeiture looting of the sex industry--or of any other commerce. As the instantaneous rate of increase in coercive boodling converges on a vertical asymptote, so the amount of money in banks and invested in securities approaches zero, the multiplier quits working, and a liquidity crunch mushrooms into a full-blown depression with multiplying bankruptcies and unemployment. Republican legislation rooted in superstitious intolerance, not subprime mortgages, has been the typical cause of this phenomenon since 1929.

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  • Dinerboy||

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  • Eman||

    this reminds me of the tsa's suspicious behaviours list. both of them are why im not too worried about govt overreach, as it tends to reach way too far in any given direction - as mr. incredible (almost) said "if everyone is on a watchlist, no one is on a watchlist"

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  • WillMG||

    DHS realizes they just described honeymooners right?

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  • hive of scum||

    But will they investigate the neighbor's half-sister who makes $83 an hour on the computer?

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