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Quality Inn Is Sued For Hosting Sex Traffic But Starr Indemnity Does Not Want To Pay at SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 1 – Choice Hotels is the subject of a sex trafficking lawsuit, and also now a lawsuit with insurer Starr Indemnity & Liability Company.

A plaintiff named B.H. alleges that for three weeks in 2013 she was held captive by sex traffickers at the Maniben Quality Inn in Columbia, South Carolina and repeatedly raped by strangers. 

On December 1, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

At issue is whether B.H. screams were loud enough for hotel staff to have heard.

Starr in its policies has an exclusion for Abuse or Molestation and so would not agree to participate in Choice Hotels' defense of indemnity. So it sued for clarity.    

The case is ongoing. It is Starr Indemnity & Liability Company v. Choice Hotels International, Inc., 20-cv-3172 (Castel)


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