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Scandic gives staff “prostitution lessons”

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Aim is to reduce prostitution at Scandic properties

Nordic hotel giant Scandic says it is giving additional training to employees – to reduce prostitution targeting guests staying at its properties. The unique classes are designed to make staff more aware of the issue and will be given to all employees in Sweden, The Local reports.

“This is an incredibly important issue and it would be naive to think that this would not happen at our hotels,” Pernilla Johansson, general manager of the Scandic Hotel Park in Stockholm, told the Swedish broadcaster SVT today.

The “prostitution lessons” include an educational video designed to help staff spot clues for any plans to buy or sell sex in the hotels.

“There are around 250-300 prostitutes, mostly women, who appear in online ads on a typical weekday. The majority of them sell themselves in apartments and hotels,” Simon Häggström, chief inspector of Stockholm police’s prostitution division told SVT.

Some hotel chains are better than others at reporting suspected sex purchases, he added. He advises all hotel employees to call police immediately if they suspect prostitution.

“It is very subtle and difficult, but receptionists and bartenders need to follow a gut instinct that helps them suspect prostitution,” Johansson said.

The Local

[image courtesy Scandic Hotels]

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