A Motel 6 in Rhode Island is quietly sending its daily guest list to police, completely unbeknownst to its customers, a report detailed earlier this month.
According to Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, local police secured the deal with several of the motel chain's corporate managers after the company complained about a rash of criminal activity.
Avedisian confirmed the agreement to the Providence Journal after a closed-door meeting with motel executives, Warwick's police chief and a town administrator.
"We know everyone who is staying in the hotel tonight," Avedisian remarked.
Upon receiving the list, police will examine the backgrounds of each motel guest in order to check for outstanding warrants, a policy Avedisian deems necessary due to suspected human trafficking in the area.
Multiple motel guests have already been arrested Avedisian said, although details on the alleged crimes have been minimal.
Despite the policy making local headlines, Motel 6 confirmed that guests will not be informed of the new measure. The motel will also raise the renting age to 21 from 18 and begin sharing its list of banned patrons with other locations nationwide.
"If Motel 6 has identified someone who has caused trouble in their location, I think we want to be able to share that with other hotels," Avedisian said. "So they don't experience the same type of difficulty."
Steven Brown, the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, is calling the move a clear breach of privacy.