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Local businesses now required to post human trafficking notices


Last updated 4/11/2014 at Noon

Starting this month local businesses will have to post notices with information about organizations which seek to eliminate human trafficking and slavery as a result of a California Senate Bill that became law in January.

California Senate Bill 1193 will require certain types of business such as alcohol vendors, transit stations, airports and urgent care centers to post signage or a notice of some sort in both English and Spanish as well as one of nine other languages, depending upon what county the notice is posted.

The standardized notice that some businesses will need to start implementing encourages individuals engaged in activity that they can’t opt out of to call either the Human Trafficking Resource Center or California Coalition to Abolish Slavery.

The following notice is what California businesses will need to make visible:

“If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave – whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, construction, factory, retail, or restaurant work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at 1-888-KEY-2-FRE(EDOM) or 1-888-539-2373 to access help and


Businesses that are required to post a notice but do not post one could be subject to a $500 fine for their first offense and a $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense, according to the wording of the


For more information about the bill and its contents, visit its corresponding page on the California State Senate website:


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