Under AB 326, beauticians, stylists, barbers and other salon professionals will be required to take courses summarizing signs of physical and sexual abuse in their clients. Human trafficking victims are often “treated” to salon services – either as rewards for “good behavior,” or to keep them looking attractive for potential customers. By recognizing the signs of abuse, salon professionals will be able to assist in cracking down on a growing epidemic here in California that often targets young teens. Human trafficking is especially problematic in the High Desert, San Bernardino and Los Angeles.
Under the bill, the board is also authorized to promote physical and sexual abuse awareness, via “mail, television, radio, motion picture, newspaper, book, Internet, or other electronic communication.”
The law requires the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology to adopt such abuse awareness courses into their preexisting health and safety training by July 1, 2019.
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