From paying with cash to asking for towels, what hotels look for to spot human trafficking

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With files from Hayley Cooper 

This week, NEWSTALK1010 has been highlighting stories regarding the ongoing problem of human trafficking and the president and CEO of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association says it's an issue that's involved training protocols for well over a decade in his industry. 

"Yes we're paying attention to human trafficking and yes we're training and yes we're going to continue," Terry Mundle said. 

Mundle said all staff from housekeeping to event staff have to be trained, which at the least happens once a year. 

Security and former victims are involved in courses and Mundle said there's a variety of ways human trafficking in a hotel can be spotted. 

Paying with cash is a common sign, as is booking two rooms, bookings near a parking lot to avoid the front desk and booking day-by-day. 

But he said there's other more subtle signs. 

"Constantly having a Do Not Disturb sign on them," he said. "A continued request for extra towels." 

Staff however should not approach a suspected victim or trafficker, he said and instead forward any suspicious to a supervisor or manager, who would then speak with police. 

He added funding should continue to go towards programs that help victims reintegrate into society.