How do we comply with California’s human trafficking notice law?

Q. I own a truck stop. Do I have notice-posting obligations regarding human trafficking under state law? If so, how do I comply?

A. Since 2013, California law (S.B. 1193) has required certain establishments to post a notice regarding human trafficking. Establishments subject to the law include establishments where alcohol is sold, adult businesses, massage and bodywork businesses, airports, intercity train and light rail stations, bus stations, truck stops, roadside rest areas, hospital emergency rooms, urgent care centers, farm labor contractors and private job recruitment centers.

The notice must be posted in a “conspicuous place near the public entrance of the establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted.”

It must be posted in English and Spanish. In certain counties, it must also be posted in a third language. The notice should read as follows:

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 services. Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and California law. The hotlines are:

• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

• Toll-free.

• Operated by nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations.

• Anonymous and confidential.

• Accessible in more than 160 languages.

• Able to provide help, referral to services, training, and general information.

A model notice is available online at oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ht/HumanTraffickMandate_ENG.pdf.