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  • Unintended Consequences: Sex Offenders in Motels & Hotels

    In a six-month investigation, NBC5 Investigates found 667 sex offenders living at 490 motels and hotels throughout Illinois and nine surrounding states. Though many check in to these motels for a few weeks or months at a time, we found that approximately half of these offenders stay there for at least six months or more – and sometimes for years. With few exceptions in just a handful of towns across the country, it is perfectly legal for any registered sex offender to take up residence at a hotel or motel. Often these offenders have few other places where they can legally reside – because they can’t live near parks or schools, which dot most residential areas. There’s also somewhat of a trend away from funding for halfway houses and mental health re-entry facilities, where these offenders might otherwise go.
  • Migrant farmworker housing abuses

    Based on extensive interviews and a review of thousands of inspection reports, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting has found that chronically poor living conditions persist because the government agencies responsible for enforcing housing standards are often overwhelmed by workload or rendered ineffective by inadequate budgets and toothless policies. Abusive housing practices of both multibillion-dollar agribusiness corporations and small-scale growers continue to flourish as a result. And migrant farmworkers season after season are left to live in rundown apartments, ramshackle trailers and converted motels.
  • The Game: Beaten, Branded, Bought and Sold

    Thousands of young Canadian-born girls trafficked for sex in dodgy motels and high class hotels by "Romeo Pimps" who sell them a bogus dream of love and a future. After following a document trail reporter and photographer interviewed victims on the record and a pimp who described this very dangerous game.
  • Fostering Failure

    This three-month investigation employed hidden cameras, undercover aids, extensive reporting and interviews to expose a network of "special schools" that thousands of foster children are sent to in California every year. Many of these so-called schools are set up in converted motels and run down strip malls. There are seldom any credentialed teachers in the classrooms; few textbooks and the students are basically warehoused without receiving an education. At the same time, theses schools receive $25,000 to $45,000 per year per student from the state. Compare this to the $6,500 that public schools receive for the each kid. Thousands of foster children graduate without ever having written a book report, term paper or even read a book. Many experts the news team consulted believe this is a big reason one out of every four of the homeless in California are former foster children.
  • Motel Children: A community of children lives behind the tired faces of Orange County's aging residential motels. This is the story of their troubled world.

    This story details and explains the stories of little children living in motels. The story includes multiple pictures and interviews with children. The story is told through the children's eyes.
  • Molester Motel

    KIRO-TV "discovered the Washington Department of Corrections was secretly placing high-risk, level-3 sex offenders in public motels throughout the state. Customers, including children and single women who check in for the night, were not notified of the potential risks."
  • No Vacancy

    "A look under the sheets of area motels has driven area officials to pull the plug on the neon signs that invited drugs, bugs and illegal activities into otherwise peaceful suburban surroundings," reports Cleveland Magazine. The story details the problems at the Cleveland Motel & Lounge, and details how Fairview Park shut down two motels similar to the Cleveland. The analysis finds that suburban motels "were made obsolete decades ago by the development of the interstate highway system," and later attracted a new clientele of transients.
  • Open Door Policy

    This NBC News Dateline investigation uncovers "dangerous lapses in security at various motel chains across the country." It points to several examples of rapes, sexual assaults, homicides and robberies that have happened in well-known motel chains. The reporters reveal that there are "brand name motels with chronic crime problems," and that "along with the random crimes committed by violent predators .... organized burglary rings that target and stalks motel guests." The investigation finds that in recent years "hotel security had improved immensely, while motel security had not."
  • DO NOT DISTURB: THIEF AT WORK

    WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) investigates thefts and burglaries at motels in and around Orlando; discovers many of the crimes are committed by employees of the motels, and many of them are state prisoners on work release, April 25 - 27, 1990.
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    Washington Times reports on motels for the homeless; using city checks and contracts, the reporter discovered how during the 1980s the city had been sucked into paying millions of dollars to house families in squalor; 10 reports, March 17 - Dec. 6, 1989.