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TripAdvisor to flag hotels with reports of sexual assault

From BBC - November 9, 2017

Travel website TripAdvisor has added tags informing users of hotels where sexual assaults have been reported.

The warning badges are designed to identify health, discrimination and safety issues, the company said.

The announcement came after the website was accused of deleting several reviews in which users reported being sexually assaulted at hotels in Mexico.

Three hotel resorts in the Playa del Carmen region of Mexico were flagged with the new warning tag on Wednesday.

"These badges will remain on TripAdvisor for up to three months; however, if the issues persist we may extend the duration of the badge," TripAdvisor spokesman Kevin Carter told the New York Times.

"These badges are intended to be informative, not punitive," he added.

The decision to create the badge system was made following an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper that found the website had repeatedly deleted a 2010 post by a Texas woman alleging she had been raped by a hotel security guard at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya resort.

Kristie Love, 35, was reportedly told her 2010 forum post was deleted several times because it violated the company's "family-friendly" policy.

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