New law requires human trafficking rescue notices placed in public places

Press release from Georgia Bureau of Investigation

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Decatur, GA (July 2, 2018) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that under new legislation, public places and certain businesses are now required to place information containing a hotline rescue number for anyone who may be the victim of slavery or human trafficking.

According to a press release from the GBI, “under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 16-5-47), the following businesses and other establishments are required to post the notice in each public restroom and in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the business or establishment or where similar notices are customarily posted.” These businesses are:

1) Adult entertainment establishments;
2) Bars;
3) Primary airports;
4) Passenger rail or light rail stations;
5) Bus stations;
6) Truck stops;
7) Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals;
8) Urgent care centers;
9) Farm labor contractors and day haulers;
10) Privately operated job recruitment centers;
11) Safety rest areas located along interstate highways in this state;
12) Hotels;
13) Businesses and establishments that offer massage or bodywork services by a person who is not a massage therapist; and
14) Government buildings

The following notice, posted in both English and Spanish, reads:
July 2, 2018

The attached notice is in compliance with O.C.G.A. 16-5-47 and Senate Bill 104.

Are you or someone you know being sold for sex or made/forced to work for little or no pay and cannot leave?

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or the Statewide Georgia Hotline for Domestic Minor Trafficking at 1-844-842-3678 for help.

All victims of slavery and human trafficking have rights and are protected by international, federal, and state law.

The hotline is:
(1) Anonymous and confidential;
(2) Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
(3) Able to provide help, referral to services, training, and general information;
(4) Accessible in 170 languages;
(5) Operated by a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization; and
(6) Toll free.

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