A woman alleges that she was the victim of child trafficking between the ages of 10 and 13 in two hotels in New York, and as a result was raped, tortured and beaten while the staff at both properties ignored the abuse, according to a lawsuit she has filed.
The woman, now in her twenties and only identified in lawsuits like SJ, says the exploitation took place at an Econo Lodge in Jamaica, Queens, and Howard Johnson in the Bronx.
Her lawsuit, filed with the Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday, names franchise operators Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, which owns Howard Johnson, and Choice Hotels, which owns Econo Lodge, as plaintiffs and seeks $ 10 million in damages, reports the New York Post.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, based in Dallas, Texas, is pictured above. The franchise operator, who owns Howard Johnson, is mentioned in a $ 10 million lawsuit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court
Choice Hotels (photo), based in Rockville, Maryland, which operates Econo Lodge, was also named in the $ 10 million suit. Choice and Wyndham both say they prevent human trafficking and train hotel staff in recognizing abuse
& # 39; We condemn human trafficking in any form & # 39 ;, a Wyndham spokesperson tells DailyMail.com.
Wyndham-based Wyndham, the largest hotel chain in the world, is working with the International Tourism Partnership, End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, which fights child trafficking against children, the Polaris Project, an anti-slavery effort and other organizations, said the spokesperson, who same & # 39; values & # 39; shares as the accommodation business.
"We have worked to improve our human trafficking condemnation policy and have also provided training to help our team members, as well as the hotels we manage, identify and report human trafficking activities," the spokesperson told DailyMail.com
A spokeswoman for the choice based in Rockville, Maryland, said the hotel company has similar partnerships with human trafficking and sex trade organizations, and provides staff training to also recognize abuse.
& # 39; Although we cannot comment on pending disputes, we strive to do business without human rights violations & # 39 ;, the spokeswoman wrote in an email to DailyMail.com.
& # 39; Our brand rules and regulations require that franchisees comply with all local, state, and federal laws and any violation may result in the termination of their franchise agreement & # 39 ;.
The woman, who came to the fore in what the New York Post said, was an unprecedented lawsuit for New York and accused Wyndham and Choice of being & # 39; complicit & # 39; were abused as a child because their franchisees chose to openly ignore and clear presence of sex trafficking on their traits.
According to the woman's suit, she was sold 15 to 20 times a day for sex at the two hotel accommodations in New York, starting in 2006 when she was ten, and the abuse lasted three years until she was 13, the Post reports.
A 25-year-old pimp had taken care of her, she says in court cases, after she escaped from a foster home where she was also sexually and physically abused.
The suit adds that the woman had entered the foster care system after her biological father had abused her.
The suit describes how the woman was lured in by the pimp.
& # 39; SJ & # 39; s trader took advantage of her vulnerability by chasing the young girl's normal desire for attention and approval and gaining her confidence by taking her out to dinner and shopping, and giving her life advice and the promise that they could play a role in their family, & # 39; set the suit.
The pimp, after taking the virginity of the young girl, forced her to maintain Johns. & # 39; How to & # 39; making dad & # 39; happy is by making (them) happy, & # 39; she remembered the pimp according to the court.
She was presented with a & # 39; paper bag & # 39; hurled back and forth between the two hotels and was raped for days non-stop, the suit says.
Rooms were paid in cash.
If the pimp had too little money, the staff of the Econo Lodge could participate in sexual abuse, & instead of his payment for the rooms & # 39 ;, the court papers show.
A bowl of condoms at the front desk provided fresh supplies when needed.
There was & # 39; constant and voluminous & # 39; foot traffic that came and went from the rooms, as well as & # 39; numerous used condoms … spread over different surfaces & # 39; after every checkout from John, and yet none of the activities or evidence left behind were registered with the staff as a criminal activity, the case claims.
The charge alleges that the staff of both hotels allowed the abuse by not calling the police.
They also ignored when the young girl and others who were victims showed signs of physical abuse, reduced personal hygiene, that they were traveling without luggage, and were wearing submissive and risky clothing, according to the complaint.
The woman who emerged in the suit claims that she was sold 15 to 20 times a day for sex in two hotels in New York, including a Howard Johnson in Jamaica, Queens. The sign for a Howard Johnson Inn is shown.
A Econo Lodge in the Bronx, which was also used for the alleged sex trade, even had a bowl of condoms at the reception where the woman who came forward with the allegations said she and other victims had replenished their supplies. The chain logo is shown above
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