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Woman Describes Alleged Attempted Kidnapping at DC Hotel Described in Reviews as "Sketchy"

Washington, D. C. News
by Jori Ayers Oct 18, 2021

A DC Hotel is under fire after tweets describe a horrifying experience a woman recently had while staying at the hotel.

A traveller by the name of Maya Angelique took to Twitter to describe the chilling experience she had at the Cambria Hotel in DC. She  explained that on Sunday at 11:30 PM, she checked into the Cambria Hotel, and around 1 AM, while she was showering, an unknown man tried to get into her room.

The man somehow was able to obtain a key to her room—despite not being hotel staff. The man was repeatedly banging on her door, screaming to let him in. Maya states in her Twitter thread that, “If it were not for the door stop, he would have been IN the room with me.”

When she contacted the front desk about the chilling situation, the employees seemed “extremely nonchalant” about the whole ordeal.

The front desk employee told Angelique, “That was housekeeping trying to get into the room he accidentally came to your door instead of the room next to you.” “In what world is housekeeping coming into rooms at 1 AM,” Angelique wrote on her Twitter.

She then states that DC is the “leading human trafficking cities in the country.” According to a report by the Neal Davis Law Firm, Washington DC is one of the top 10 cities for human trafficking.

Angelique did end up switching her room, and was granted a full refund. Still, she explains that things were off with the hotel from the beginning of her stay.

But Maya’s incident isn’t the first time this hotel has come under question with concerns about safety. Although the hotel has a 4.0 on their reviews, many are calling out what they believe to be unsafe and possibly illegal behavior.

Human trafficking within the hospitality industry is a serious concern. Many hotels are implementing training when hiring employees on what to do if they are faced with a complaint or situation such as Angelique’s.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, hotels can be areas susceptible to human trafficking “due to ease of access for buyers, ability to pay in cash and maintain secrecy through finances, and lack of facility maintenance or upkeep expenses.”

If you or anyone you know is traveling alone, always remember to keep an eye out for your surroundings. When staying at hotels alone, you may want to bring your own door stopper—even if it’s just for the peace of mind.

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