Los Angeles, California – February 10, 2014 –Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor Don Knabe, City Council Member Nury Martinez and City Attorney Mike Feuer showed  support today for the implementation of a state law requiring 12 types of businesses to publicly post information about human trafficking.

The law (SB 1193) requires mass transit hubs, emergency rooms, bars and other establishments to display a poster with information about human trafficking, including the hotline numbers to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) (888-539-2373) and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (888-373-7888).

Although this law has been in effect since April 2013, there has not been a city-wide implementation effort until today, when volunteers started a city-wide, door-to-door poster distribution campaign.  In addition, the city attorney’s office has spearheaded the mailing of an enforcement notice so that businesses know that the city of L.A. is taking this new law seriously. 

“Across the nation, states which have enacted public posting laws have seen significant increases in calls to human trafficking hotlines.  When victims have access to this information, they will call, and their lives will be changed because of it,” says Kay Buck, CAST’s CEO and Executive Director.

 Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is a $32 billion industry that is second only to drugs in terms of criminal enterprise.  According to the FBI, Los Angeles is a top destination for human trafficking. The public posting of the human trafficking hotline numbers will raise awareness about this issue, as well as give victims a lifeline for help. 

“Two years ago, a group of survivors of human trafficking decided that they wanted bring awareness about human trafficking through a poster with a hotline number.  Over the course of a year, these survivors wrote letters and spoke to legislators in Sacramento.  Today, we celebrate not only the launch of the poster distribution, but we also celebrate the power of survivor advocacy and grass roots initiatives,” says Kay Buck, CAST’s CEO and Executive Director.

"As a survivor myself, I believe that the outreach with the SB1193 posters is critical in helping people identity victims of human trafficking and making it easier for victims themselves to seek help," says Maria Suarez, a human trafficking survivor and advocate.

The SB1193 Anti-Human Trafficking Implementation Project includes six coalition partners:  Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles, OASIS USA, Jewish Labor Committee Western Region, T'ruah and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

More information about the SB1193 Implementation Taskforce can be found at http://ncjwla.org/our-programs/advocacy/human-trafficking-outreach-project.