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Survivor says hotels play huge role in sex trafficking

Savannah Parvu said she was trafficked when she was 11 years old.

Parvu said her mother sold her out to support her drug addiction.

“Her drug dealer offered her a $10 piece of crack for me instead of her for her and so she told him that was fine, he could do whatever he wanted to me,” he said. she declared.

She spent years being trafficked by the man who sold drugs to her mother.

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“He would sell me either his house, or a friend’s house, or a local hotel in central Florida,” Parvu said.

Parvu said she was sometimes left in a hotel room for days, met by several strangers until she got permission to leave.

“I walked through the hotel, bleeding, barefoot, crying and no one ever said anything or asked questions, they just let me go,” Parvu said.

Reports from the US National Human Trafficking Hotline show hotels and motels are one of the top five places for sex trafficking.

Police from the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday that three suspects have been arrested and charged with trafficking at least three teenage boys for sex at multiple Orlando hotels.

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The MBI director said the suspects offered to deal with the victims before exploiting and manipulating them.

Parvu said victims are not always kidnapped.

“Victims are prepared for the promise of something better, whether it’s a relationship, money or a better life,” she said.

She said hotels play a big role in the traffic. That’s why she helped draft a law passed in 2019 that requires human trafficking awareness training for lodge operators.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association tells News 6 that annual training is mandatory for employees who work in front desk, reception areas or housekeeping.

“They could have helped me when I was 11 and I wouldn’t have been trafficked for almost that long if someone had stepped in and helped me,” she said.

Now Parvu is telling her story to help other victims.

She said she wanted to be the person she needed when she was younger.

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Attorney General Ashley Moody appointed Parvu to the direct support board of the state Council on Human Trafficking.

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