Human Trafficking Bill SB 225

Human Trafficking Bill SB 225

In addition to posting a new transgender rights notice in common areas, California businesses are now required to post an amended notice about human trafficking under SB 225. This new bill, an expansion of the current California Code Section 52.6, must post the following information in a minimum 16-pt font on at least 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper. The notice must be posted in English, Spanish, and in one other language that is the most widely spoken language in the county where the establishment is located.

The following businesses must post the notice in a prominent area of the workplace:

  • On-sale general public premises licensees under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act
  • Adult or sexually oriented businesses (see Penal Code Section 318.5(a))
  • Primary airports (see 49 U.S. Code Section 47102(16))
  • Intercity passenger rail or light rail stations
  • Bus stations
  • Truck stops (privately owned and operated facilities providing food, fuel, shower or other sanity facilities, and lawful overnight truck parking)
  • Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals
  • Urgent care centers
  • Farm labor contractors (see Labor Code Section 1682(b))
  • Privately operated job recruitment centers
  • Roadside rest areas
  • Businesses or establishments offering massage or bodywork services for compensation (and not described in Business and Professions Code Section 4612(b)(1))
  • NEW: Hotels, motels and bed and breakfast inns (see California Business and Professions Code Section 24045.12(b) and not including personal residences)

Following is the language that must be posted:

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.

Businesses can download a printable copy of the above notice here: http://bit.ly/2yRRg8f

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