Judge Advances Suit Alleging Hotels Ignore Sex Trafficking

By Elizabeth Dinan

PORTSMOUTH — In a split decision, a federal judge has moved forward a lawsuit alleging four hotel chains are responsible for staff ignoring “the open and obvious presence of sex trafficking on their properties, enjoying the profit from rooms rented for this explicit and apparent purpose instead.”
In a Sept. 28 order, Judge Andrea Johnstone ruled on the civil suit brought by Portsmouth attorney Michael Rainboth, on behalf of a woman identified as “K.B.” She is described in court records as a “vulnerable adult,” who was trafficked in New Hampshire hotels for two years, while her trafficker “bought, sold and required her to sexually service paying strangers as she endured brutal physical assaults, psychological torment, verbal abuse, and false imprisonment at the defendant’s hotels as the defendants did nothing but profit from her exploitation.” READ MORE >>