Summer workers cry foul

Women say Sandusky hotel supervisor threatened to rape them if they didn’t obey his rules
Courtney Astolfi
Jul 8, 2013

Four Asian women living in Sandusky for the summer have accused an employee at their former workplace of threatening to rape them if they failed to obey his rules.

The alleged threats were made at the Rodeway Inn on Cleveland Road, where the women lived and worked for most of June.

The four women, ages 19 to 22, said the man ordered them to turn in their room keys anytime they left the premises. They said that was just one of numerous rules he imposed on them, according to a police report.

The man said if they broke those rules, he would use one of their key cards to enter their room during the night and rape one of them, the report said.

One woman also believed the hotel supervisor stole $1,000 in emergency cash that was concealed in an envelope in her book bag. On Tuesday, June 25, she returned to her room to find the envelope and its contents missing.

The women contacted United Work and Travel, the job placement organization that coordinated their summer employment in Sandusky. The organization asked local resident Robert Beese to house them.

Beese and his wife have hosted summer workers in their large Osborne Street home for five years. They agreed to take the women in, and Beese helped them file a police report on Thursday. 

“These kids should not come to America, then get threatened like that,” Beese said. 

“These four girls were just lost — they were scared out of their wits,” he said. “They didn’t know nothing. There was no one to guide them. I think it’s wrong to bring these kids to this town and say, ‘This is where you’re living,’ and then leave them on their own. What are these kids supposed to do?”

Beese added that one woman said the man warned them not to tell his wife.

Later that day, officers spoke with the man, who denied making the rape threats. He said he held their room keys to ensure they did not get lost and that nobody took advantage of them during their stay, according to the report.

The man further stated the women repeatedly left their window open after he told them not to. He told police it was inevitable someone would enter their room and believed that was how the money was stolen.

He said he didn’t know why the women made a complaint about sexual threats because he has a family and business, and it would not be worth it to have that destroyed, the report said.

Officers did not charge the man with a crime due to the parties’ conflicting stories, and the women found new jobs at a different Cleveland Road hotel.

A message was left at the Rodeway Inn on Friday, asking the man to contact the Register. He did not return the call as of late Saturday.

Comments

Mum-of-One

IAC in Huron pays 10.50 per hour and Whrlpool pay 9.99 per hour. There are many people working there and surviving.

The Big Dog's back

Bullspit.

happyfeet64

Good for you on all accounts! Your response was appropriate, your points well made and I lmfao! :)))))

The Big Dog's back

Trolling you? You asked a question and I answered it. You asked my thoughts about it, I answered it. I'm sorry you don't like my answer.

2cents

It's easy, just import more Chinese made goods at a lower cost so you can pay your people $20.00 an hour. Your widget will be the same price as it was and you just helped create a new Chinese manufacturing millionaire!

Yellow Snow

Very little of that money will be spent here, it will travel back to Asia with them, and how much do you suppose they'd be getting paid for same work if they were in Asia?

sandusky2012

I thought these individuals had to return back home if they left their first sponsor job? isn't this rules and laws of their work visa?

sandusky2012

I guess now these girls can save money by not paying weekly rent to the person for their housing!!!!!!

sandusky2012

Mr aaron Voltz isn't running the place is he? LMAO

beatstreet

I think some of these comments are copied and pasted from one article to another! Lot of anxiety out there. Breathe in, Breathe out, it'll be ok.

kURTje

Hero Zone remember the debacle years ago with Hershey & the euro-students? The company lied to them after they got here (America). Hershey tried to scam them ($$) Many in America subsidize seasonal/migrant help too. btw we both know if you own the business cleaning toilets comes with the territory.

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The Hero Zone

Having worked at Cedar Point for five summers as well as being active on the International Student Union while at OU, I have a soft spot for international relations. Without taking overt sides in the story, if a business or even a family (through Rotary, etc.) is going to be hosting internationals there needs to be an extra level of interaction and sensitivity given. I really remember the Hershey story for that reason. You just can't do that to people who come here legally and in good faith to work and/or learn.

1luckydog

One, the register is awesome at using pictures from....(WHENEVER), but on the topic of wages. When I was a kid, most of us wanted jobs at Cedar Point. In this day, kids don't want to work, or don't have to work. Mommy, and Daddy take care of everything. ( They have no sense of andy work ethic.) Look at all the people who worked at Ford, and GM that had to go from $30 to "$14, or relocate. Big Dog, It ain't that easy. Been an owner of a business for 25 years, and wish it was easy as you make it seem.

The Big Dog's back

I never said anything was easy, especially when you have people who are so so happy just to have a job. It's a shame that's what we've been reduced to. The top 1% are oh so happy you feel that way. More money in their overflowing pockets. Happy, happy happy, joy, joy, joy.

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The Hero Zone

I ask this honestly and straightforwardly: "What do you think 'rich people' do with their money? In followup to that, why do they do what you think they do with their money?"

I need to understand your perspective better so that we can more easily communicate. I am open to it but I am having a lot of trouble connecting the dots of your posts.

The Big Dog's back

They invest their money in cheap labor, so they can have even more money. I'm sorry that you are having trouble "connecting the dots". Must be awful. I hope you overcome that problem.

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The Hero Zone

I often ask others what they think as I can never know everything. According to your response I can better communicate with you knowing better what you think and why. Whether it is right or wrong is irrelevant as I now have a better idea of how you view the world. So in that respect, thank you, I am overcoming the problem I had before understanding you as I desire to. If I didn't want to actually listen to you then I would just call you names and incite bickering.

If you don't mind another question, then, how do you solve this problem with rich people?

Centauri

http://www.guestworkeralliance.org/
"Protect rights of immigrant whistle-blowers"

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