AJC & Law360:
Red Roof Inn Settles Sex Trafficking Case on Eve of Trial
Red Roof Inn has settled allegations it participated in and profited from years of sex trafficking at two Atlanta-area hotels, on the eve of a trial due to start in a federal court on Monday.
The settlement came over the weekend of 10/25-26 in a civil case brought by four women who alleged they were the victims of sex trafficking at Red Roof Inn hotels on Corporate Plaza in Smyrna and North Druid Hills Road in Buckhead between 2010 and 2017.
Read the AJC Article: Updated: Red Roof Inn Settles Sex Trafficking Case on Eve of Trial
Read the Law360 Article: Ga. Hotel Sex Trafficking Suit Settles Before Trial
Appeals court ruling sets up first civil sex trafficking case in Georgia’s state courts
Patrick McDonough is a partner at Andersen, Tate and Carr, who leads the sex trafficking division for the firm. He’s representing the plaintiff, Jane Doe, in her lawsuit against the motel. McDonough said this is the first civil sex trafficking case in Georgia state courts and the first Georgia Court of Appeals opinion on how existing Georgia law applies to claims of minor sex trafficking.
Or listen to the interview below.
Marietta Daily Journal:
New lawsuits filed against Red Roof Inn in sex trafficking case
Patrick McDonough, an attorney for the plaintiffs who also filed the 2019 lawsuit, called the “sheer number of children and young survivors who have similar tragic stories regarding the Red Roof hotel chain … staggering. It is clear that unless survivors speak out, hotels like the Red Roof Inns in these lawsuits will only continue to allow others to be similarly victimized.”
Read the Article: New lawsuits filed against Red Roof Inn in sex trafficking case
The Gwinett Daily Post:
Victims of sex trafficking suing owners of Norcross Red Roof Inn; allege hotel turned a blind eye to prostitution
“The sheer number of children and young survivors who have similar tragic stories regarding the Red Roof hotel chain is staggering,” attorney Pat McDonough said in a statement. “Each of the survivors in these cases hopes that by stepping forward she can usher in change that will help other victims. It is clear that unless survivors speak out, hotels like the Red Roof Inns in these lawsuits will only continue to allow others to be similarly victimized.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Marietta Hotel the Latest Named in Federal Sex Trafficking Lawsuits
"It is an honor to represent such brave survivors," attorney Pat McDonough told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Both clients are committed to seeking justice not only for themselves but also to ensure that hotels stop turning a blind eye to other children and young people who are repeatedly trapped and exploited at their hotels."
Read the Article: Marietta Hotel the Latest Named in Federal Sex Trafficking Lawsuits
WXIA-TV / 11Alive:
Sex Trafficking Survivor Files Suit Against Hotels
WXIA-TV / 11Alive:
Sex Trafficking Survivors Sue Atlanta Hotels
WUVG-TV / Univision 34:
Federal Sex Trafficking Lawsuit
WSB-TV / Channel 2 Atlanta:
Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of 4 Survivors
WAGA-TV / Fox 5 Atlanta:
Atlanta Motels Profited from Sex Trafficking