ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis event planner is seeking to enlist hotels in the fight against human trafficking of minors, particularly for sex.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nix Conference & Meeting Management has begun pressuring the 500 or so hotels it does business with to sign a code of conduct in the effort to protect children from trafficking.
Federal authorities say the Kansas City, Missouri, area prosecutes more human trafficking cases than anywhere in the U.S., and scrutiny is growing in St. Louis. Traffickers like the fact that St. Louis is located at the intersection of several interstates, making it a convenient stopover when sporting events or conventions are in St. Louis or nearby.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com