Prostitutes are regularly being taken to hotels across Gloucester, according to police and hoteliers.
Officers visited hotels in the city issuing information and urging owners to say something if they see signs of a child being sexually exploited.
However, during the leaflet drop, it emerged that a number of hotels have been experiencing problems for years with people taking prostitutes to their establishments.
Steve Wood, manager at the Station Hotel, in Bruton Way, said: “I feel very strongly about tackling the problem.
“This particular venue had a bit of a reputation for it in the past, I understand, long before I arrived, but we do still have the occasional problem.
“We are very vigilant, but it is tricky. If an elderly gentlemen comes in with a woman who is very young, question marks are raised, but it’s difficult to know sometimes.
“We do what we can. One man last week wanted to use a room for a few hours, which we said no to, of course.
“Our booking system is on the internet and we make sure the card used for payment matches the address of the person, and we always ask for ID too.
“But that is pretty much all we can do, and it is a very tricky thing to stop.”
Another city centre hotelier, who didn’t wish to be named, added: “We have had a number of problems with prostitutes being brought back, it’s pretty obvious when it happens to be honest.
“We ask the staff to be very vigilant and we always alert other hotels when it happens.
“It is most certainly a problem and we support any efforts to stamp it out.”
A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said: “Specialist officers have now visited many hotels in the county to warn them of the signs to look out for when it comes to this issue.
“While we are pleased that hoteliers have a heightened awareness of the potential for this to happen, the number of incidents reported to us wouldn’t suggest the problem is rife.
“However, we would urge hotels to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to us.”