Baltimore hotels would be required to train their staffs to recognize signs of forced prostitution under proposed legislation that also would prohibit rooms from being rented for less than half a day.
City Councilman James B. Kraft said the anti-human trafficking bill is necessary to combat an "international plague" that Baltimore has a duty to address because of its proximity to the heavily traveled Interstate 95 corridor.
Police say they have received some reports of human trafficking in South and Southeast Baltimore. But because the crime is hard to track, law enforcement officials don't know how widespread it might be.
Kraft's proposal could provide another...