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11/07/2016 01:57 pm ET

Trump Hotels Buck Industry Trend, Continue To Offer Guests Porn

While many name-brand hotel chains have severed ties with the adult film industry, Trump hotels have not.

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The Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas -- one of the six U.S.-based Trump hotels to offer on-demand adult films.

As much of the U.S. hotel industry has moved away from offering adult films to guests, one notable chain has resisted the change.

Most Trump hotels in the United States continue to make adult films available in their rooms as an on-demand amenity. Of the eight U.S.-based Trump hotels, six offer the service to clients, making the chain a holdout in an industry that has increasingly taken steps away from profiting from pornography.

Considering some of Donald Trump’s outrageously sexist statements and actions, this may not come as a surprise. The real estate mogul and GOP presidential nominee has even made a cameo in a soft-core porn movie.

But Trump Hotels’ continued porn offerings further illustrate the strange-bedfellows relationship Trump has forged with the religious elements of his party, boasting endorsements from conservative activist and Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, among others. 

When The Huffington Post called various U.S. Trump hotels to ask about amenities they offered, employees in Honolulu, Chicago, Las Vegas, two New York City locales and the Washington D.C. locale on Pennsylvania Avenue ― just a few blocks from the White House ― confirmed that on-demand adult films were available in guest rooms.

On-demand adult film services were not available in two other Trump properties: the Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery in Virginia and the Trump National Doral Miami in Florida, both located in the South.

The two most important parameters ... are our guests’ wishes, and whether our policy decisions are ethically sound. In the case of adult films, these two add up to a clear ‘no, thank you’. Petter Stordalen, Nordic Choice Hotels

While three-quarters of U.S.-based Trump hotels continue to offer pornographic films to their guests, hotels elsewhere across the country have moved to sever their ties to the adult film industry.

According to the nonpartisan nonprofit National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the following hotel companies have recently changed their policies regarding adult films, and will no longer offer hardcore porn to their guests:

  • InterContinental Hotels Group (which includes brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Candlewood and more);

  • Starwood Hotels (which includes St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton and more);

  • Hyatt Hotels.

Those organizations have joined Omni Hotels & Resorts, Drury Hotels, Hilton Worldwide and Marriott Hotels, which either no longer sell or have never sold pornography.

Nordic Choice Hotels established a new set of ethical guidelines in 2013 and “quickly concluded that offering pay TV porn did not fit with our profile, nor with our guests’ modernizing preferences,” board chair Petter Stordalen wrote in an email to HuffPost.

“The two most important parameters for Nordic Choice Hotels are our guests’ wishes, and whether our policy decisions are ethically sound,” Stordalen continued. “In the case of adult films, these two add up to a clear ‘no, thank you’. I believe a lot of hotel companies have figured that out already, and that more will follow in the future.”

So while many of the most recognized brands in the hotel industry no longer offer adult films, that’s not the case for Trump Hotels ― named for a man who appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine, boasted of sexually assaulting women, falsely accused one of his female detractors of making a sex tape, bragged about sneaking backstage at the Miss Universe contest to “inspect” women’s bodies and dismissed abuse allegations from an adult film star by saying, “Oh, I’m sure she’s never been grabbed before.”

Trump Hotels’ porn-friendly policy also stands in stark contrast to Trump’s vow this summer to crack down on pornography by signing a pledge written by the anti-pornography group Enough Is Enough.

Trump hotel publicists did not immediately reply to a request for comment from HuffPost.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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