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Santa Monica Launches Effort Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. Every year millions of children, men and women are trafficked for both labor and sexual exploitation in countries around the world, including the United States. It is a $32-billion industry that is second only to drugs in terms of criminal enterprise. According to the FBI, Los Angeles County is a top destination. Despite a series of high-profile arrests in Los Angeles, our county has a long way to go to eradicate trafficking.

Under the direction of a Santa Monica City Council resolution passed on September 14, 2016 and to help raise awareness about and reporting of human trafficking, the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office is helping to implement and enforce California Senate Bill 1193, which mandates that 12 different types of establishments post notices publicizing human trafficking hotline resources. The resources include a toll-free, 24/7 California reporting hotline at 1-888-539-2373, and a national reporting hotline at 888-373-7888.

The 12 different types of businesses and establishments that must post notices include:

• Bars and nightclubs;
• Adult or sexually oriented businesses;
• Airports;
• Intercity passenger rail or light rail stations;
• Bus stations;
• Truck stops;
• Hospital emergency rooms;
• Urgent care centers;
• Farm labor contractors;
• Privately operated job recruitment centers;
• Roadside rest areas;
• Businesses or establishments that offer massage or bodywork services for compensation

Download a PDF of the poster, with information in English, Spanish, and Chinese, here.

Our office is working closely with the Human Trafficking Outreach Project, a program of the National Council of Jewish Women in Los Angeles that trains volunteers to conduct outreach to local businesses to help increase implementation. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit ncjwla.org/human-trafficking. Contact NCJW|LA for copies of the poster and to request the poster in a fourth language.

Read the City Attorney's Office press release here.

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