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 victimsā€™ advocates.

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