February 29th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

Fighting sex trafficking in hotels, one room at a time

Kimberly Ritter could not believe what she was seeing.

Girls wearing almost nothing at all, suggesting all sorts of sexual acts, listed on page after page of Backpage.com's escorts section. When she looked closer at the photos, she noticed something eerie.

She could recognize the rooms.

Ritter is a meeting planner at Nix Conference and Meeting Management of St. Louis. She and her co-workers work with 500 hotels around the world and visit about 50 properties annually. She can identify many hotel chains used in escort ads by their comforters, bathroom sinks, air conditioning units and door locks. Sometimes, she can also identify a specific property.

Meet Kimberly Ritter, sex trafficking sleuth.

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  1. Les Brocklin

    Uh, consenting adults, privacy - a host of other issues, including busybodyism.

    Nothing more constructive to do with your time, Kimberly?

    February 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Randy

      Agreed.

      March 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • Agreeathon

      Just go to Village Voice for a real look at the manufactured "crisis". This is about independent women working for themselves outside the street or pimps. Funny how Feminism crumbles when women want to do something other than what fits with their PC agenda.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
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  2. DamianCHRISTOPHERS

    Privacy would be nice. I've had all my online accounts taken from me under the arm of abuse. I am in the pursuit of happiness. I can't believe I just spelled that correctly. All of our social networks have allowed their friends of friends and anyone in-between to access and change passwords. I have no one to blame but myself for using the tools in front of me. Art comes in many forms, not all of them steal or borrow. Teach me to pee. I have spent the majority of the last decade on one idea in particular and another indirectly. Now having a week or two away from abusive people

    March 1, 2012 at 5:08 am | Reply
    • mizz23

      Step away from the crack pipe please...

      March 9, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply
    • HPN

      What does that have to do with anything in the article

      March 12, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
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  3. DamianCHRISTOPHERS

    I have realized that if I put the two together there's a strong possibility that I could be another dead pop tart. If someone intended to save my life! I know this allmost killed me. You can't help someone by holding them back. However I feel most greatful to have life over death.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:19 am | Reply
  4. Rina Mann

    Thank you Kimberly, and others like you, for taking the time to put this in motion!

    March 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  5. Fabio Maldonado

    Be prepared

    March 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
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    March 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
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    March 9, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
  8. Jamal Adams

    That is a great resource however now that it is on CNN, the criminals will find other ways, thus defeiting the strategy altogether.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • HPN

      I'm 63 years old,was married, don't wish to get married anytime soon,these ladies provide a great service for me in that I don't have to go to dating sites and pretend like I am interested in a longterm relationship, end up using some nice lady to meet my needs. Legalize it, it is a natural need,

      March 12, 2012 at 7:53 am | Reply
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    • Agreeathon

      What strategy? Garnering headlines? Busting women "in control of their own bodies"? I guess that concept only applies only for abortion.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
  9. Ermias

    Please look in the following video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Wb6UAXBhA3I) as reported by LBC showing the disturbing scenes of the Ethiopian domestic worker being beaten outside the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut. It was long known that many domestic workers in middle east are being beaten and abused behind closed doors. please look in to this and similar cases in the middle east and let the world know.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • Emre

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      August 2, 2012 at 2:06 am | Reply
  10. Dissent

    backpage.com....can't seem to find the escort section

    March 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  11. Luis

    All this sick cancerous people.Can't be the 1%.Hello?20%brain.80%brain dead.Now I know what Jesus meant.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:54 am | Reply
  12. Robert

    Prostitution should be legalized in the USA. It serves a purpose and seems to work in Europe and other countries. Why not regulate it as a business? Tax it? And get the prostitutes checked on a regular basis for STDs.

    March 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
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    March 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
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    • Bridget

      Regarding the alleged pintnirg of real kidneys this information is completely FALSE. This comes direct from the hospital in which the doctor works: Reports in the media that Dr. Anthony Atala printed a real kidney at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., are completely inaccurate. At the conference, Dr. Atala used a new type of technology to print a kidney-shaped mold and explained how one day – many years from now – the technology might be used to print actual organs. At the conference, Atala was reunited with a former patient who received a laboratory-engineered bladder 10 years ago. News reports are incorrectly saying that he received a printed kidney. Reports that bioprinting will eliminate the need for organ donation are also false. While this technology shows promise, it will be many years before it could be applied to patients.

      October 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply

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