California Bill Requires Posted Human Trafficking Notices

On July 19, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1661, which requires businesses performing cosmetology and barbering services to post an informational notice regarding slavery and human trafficking. Businesses and establishments that do not comply may be subject to a penalty of $500 for a first offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. Obtain copies of the Human Trafficking Model Notice here. AB 1661 takes effect January 1, 2023.

The notice must be posted in hair, nail, electrolysis, skin care, and other related businesses or establishments. The notice must be posted in a visible place near the public entrance of the establishment or in another location in clear view to the public and employees. The notice must be 8.5” x 11” in size; written in 16-point font; translated in English, Spanish, and one other language; and state the following:

“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—text 233-733 (Be Free) or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 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."

Obtain copies of the Human Trafficking Model Notice here. The link has notices available in English, Spanish, and a variety of other languages.

Effective: January 1, 2023.

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