A hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas allegedly enabled sex trafficking, going so far as to allow pimps exclusive access to an entire floor of the building.
According to a sex trafficking lawsuit filed last week in Pulaski County Circuit Court, “Jane Doe” claims she was held against her will on the fourth floor of the Quality Inn and Suites, located at 6100 Mitchell Drive, from May through July 2014. During her captivity, she was raped up to a dozen times per day by men who paid her pimp.
The commercial sex occurred on the fourth floor of the hotel, which was reserved exclusively for traffickers. The traffickers entered and exited the Quality Inn and Suites through side entrances and were given their own key cards to access the building at any time. Hotel management even disconnected the phones on the fourth floor, preventing trafficked women from calling for help.
While Doe was regularly beaten by her trafficker, hotel employees ignored her screams.
According to Arkansas Online, the Quality Inn and Suites on Mitchell Drive belonged to Shri Jinasha LLC from 2011 through 2015, when it was purchased by Seven Star Hotel Group, Inc. Both companies are named as defendants in the sex trafficking lawsuit.
The complaint also names four individuals who held upper management positions during the time Shri Jinasha owned the hotel, as well as five “John Doe Defendants.”
The Mitchell Drive Quality Inn and Suites was recently sold to Aniary LLC, which is not named in the complaint.
The case is apparently the first in Arkansas filed against a hospitality-based business over sex trafficking.
Earlier this month, a similar sex trafficking lawsuit targeted a Candlewood Suites, the Clarion Inn and Suites – Westchase, and a Red Roof Inn in Houston, Texas. Several complaints are also pending against a Red Roof Inn, a Suburban Extended Stay in Chamblee, a La Quinta Inn in Alpharetta, and an Extended Stay America in or around Atlanta, Georgia.
Sex trafficking lawsuits has also been filed against hotels in Ohio and Tennessee.
All of the cases are in the early stages of litigation, and have yet to go to trial.