City Bill Aims At Human Trafficking

By P. KENNETH BURNS

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:38 am

City tourism representatives and advocates for victims of human trafficking have dropped their objections to a bill aimed at stemming the practice in Baltimore now that the sponsor has dropped one provision--a ban on rent-by-the-hour rooms.

The move came after several meetings among the sponsor, Councilman Jim Kraft, tourism representatives and victims’ advocates.

David Reel, president and CEO of the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association, argued there are legitimate reasons for renting rooms by the hour...