This month, the Roosevelt Inn, a roadside motel located in northeast Philadelphia,
was targeted in a sex trafficking case. The lawsuit alleges that the hotel’s
owners and staff leased rooms to a 14-year-old girl’s traffickers,
profiting off their abuse and making no attempts to stop it. The girl’s
abusers were convicted and sent to prison, but her lawyers and family
believe they can hold the motel owner responsible for partaking in the
facilitation of this terrible crime, which took place over the course
of two years.
Previously, no motel has ever been held liable for an employee’s
participation in human trafficking. This is owed, in part, to the fact
that many traumatized survivors do not identify as victims or, if they
do, are unaware of their options for legal recourse.
The motel has been dubbed a “local epicenter of human trafficking”
by prosecutors, and its sordid history is immersed in drug deals and violent
crimes, in addition to forced prostitution. Employees played active roles
in the enablement of such crimes, often escorting Johns to rooms that
reeked of marijuana and turning a blind eye to the rampant violence carried
out against underage girls.
Although the manager, Yagna Patel, claims that he was unaware of any criminal
activity, including the underage sex trafficking, many reviews on Yelp
and Trip Advisor reveal that criminal activity was undeniably present
In a somewhat analogous case, Biren Law Group recovered compensation from
a motel after the firm's client was severely burned from a raging
fire explosion which occurred when known drug dealers were cooking hash oil.
For cases that involve serious personal injuries against public establishments
that knowingly aid criminal activity, legal experience and creativity
are necessary to successfully hold the establishment responsible. At the
Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys possess that
level of experience and creativity and will use it to seek the funds you
need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages.
Contact us for a free consultation at (310) 896-4345.