Saturday, September 27, 2014
Maryland county will outlaw "rooms by the hour" to counter sex trafficking
Prince George’s County, Maryland (directly east of Washington DC) will seek to outlaw the practice of hotel rooms renting rooms by the hour. Few hotels do this, and sometimes it has happened at the discretion of employees. The Washington Times has a story here.
The measure is supposed to counter human sex trafficking.
In a whole life of travel, I’ve only encountered one hotel that openly offered this, and that occurred in Birmingham AL in 1985. I’ve been more troubled by the lack of availability of no-smoking rooms, in California once (in 2002, in San Jose), and in Charleston WVa in 2012. The aroma of tobacco makes me sick now, since I’ve gotten used to “no smoking” and lost tolerance for tobacco smells.