A Romanian woman in Hull, England, has been refused entry to a hotel after the staff thought she was a prostitute.
Alecsandra Puflea, 22, tried to check into the ‘Holiday Inn’ with her boyfriend, but was turned away when the staff discovered her nationality.
The student had booked the room online but was told by the receptionist “I’m sorry, we don’t accept Romanians”.
A Policy Decision
This all comes in the aftermath of a decision by the company to screen guests after certain Romanian guests were actually sex workers, and using the rooms to provide their services.
Local police are now investigating the incident, and the hotel has issued an apology, as well as stating it is reviewing its policy.
Miss Puflea is still upset however after the “awful experience”.
“He took one look at my ID and said that I could not stay in the hotel. I tried to show him my British driver’s licence but he said I could not stay in the hotel because I was from Romania.
“I was really confused and I didn’t understand why they would do this. There were other customers standing around so I was very embarrassed and I don’t want to be embarrassed by my country.
“I was in such disbelief and shock that I left the hotel.”
She claims that the real reason for her barring was only made after she complained tot he police.
“I was very upset when I found out the reason they had told me to leave.
“Not all Romanians are prostitutes, it is a very small percentage.
“Even though it made more sense when I found out about the problems they have had in the past, it is still discriminatory and it is still wrong.
“You can’t tar everyone with the same brush because of their nationality.”
The manager of the Holiday Inn, Debra Hutchins declined to say why the lady was refused entry, but denied there was any racial issue involved.
She said: “This is definitely not a case of racial discrimination and the hotel declines to comment any further.”
However, Miss Puflea is adamant she was turned away because the receptionist thought she was a prostitute.
“I would like them to change their attitude towards Romanians. They need to have more flexibility.
“This form of discrimination is very, very wrong, particularly from a large company like this.
“At the very least they should make people aware of this policy if they are going to continue it, so this doesn’t happen to someone like me again.”
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill said the incident was being investigated, and that if any businesses thought someone was being exploited, they should contact the police.
He said: “Sexual exploitation is often seen as an invisible crime that many would not be able to spot or feel confident reporting.
“To help tackle this, local businesses, including hotels, taxi firms and takeaways are encouraged to report anything suspicious to the police.
“We have a great relationship with our local businesses and hope this will continue.”
In Norway, we have seen first hand the results of prejudice, and that isn’t something we are go on about on these pages. But as a society, we need to not stereotype people into certain boxes. This incident happened in England, but it could so easily have been Norway.
Let us remember that every one of us is an individual. I obviously have no problem at all with the escort industry, but I do have a problem with racism.
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