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SB 1193: What is It and How Does It Relate to Human Trafficking?

In 2012, the Alameda District Attorney's Office helped pass SB 1193, a California law which requires certain public and private entities to post anti-trafficking notices that include telephone hotlines to seek help or report unlawful activities. SB 1193 is titled the Posting of Public Notices Regarding Slavery and Human Trafficking.

California is one of the nation's top four states for trafficked persons, and the Bay Area is a particular national hot spot for human trafficking. Not only is human trafficking modern-day slavery, it is also a multi-billion dollar global epidemic. Victims come from all backgrounds and are trafficked in all industries.

Though human trafficking is illegal under Federal and California law, trafficking survivors often do not know where to turn to for help and community members may not know where to report suspicious situations. This new law helps the community direct victims to essential services by requiring public and private entities to post anti-trafficking notices that include telephone hotlines to seek help or report unlawful activities.

The SB 1193 poster was designed by the Alameda County DA Office, and meets all the requirements of the law. You can access more information about the law below, and download and print the poster for your respective county.

For questions, or guidance on complying with this new law, please contact us at info@heatwatch.org.

What businesses/entities must post this notice?

  • On-sale general public premises licensees under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act
  • Adult or sexually oriented businesses
  • Primary airports
  • Intercity passenger rail or light rail stations and bus stations
  • Truck stops & roadside rest areas
  • Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals and urgent care centers
  • Farm labor contractors
  • Privately operated job recruitment centers
  • Businesses that offer massage or bodywork services for compensation and are not described Business and Professions Code § 4612(b)(1).

What must the notice say?

The notice must contain specific words in a specific format and must be available in multiple languages. You can download the Attorney General’s version at: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ht/HumanTraffickMandate_ENG.pdf.

Where must this notice be posted?

Any businesses impacted by SB 1193 must post this notice near the public entrance of the establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees (such as near the restroom, where similar notices are customarily posted).

What are the penalties for failing to comply with the posting requirements?

A business that is required to post the notice and fails to do so may be fined five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense.

Learn More about SB 1193

Become a Member

To join BAHC 2 Freedom, and have your county specified at the bottom of the flier, email us at info@heat-watch.org.

Attention Alameda County Businesses!

BAHC 2 Freedom Partners

Below is a list of counties who have partnered with the Alameda County DA's BAHC 2 Freedom Initiative.

Click on the relevant county below to download your notice:

Alameda County Community Day of Action to Inform Businesses About SB 1193

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office, in partnership with Alameda Family Services and Oakland Councilmember Lynette McElhaney's Office, co-organized a Cross Bay Community Day of Action with partnering counties in the Bay Area on April 5th, 2014. Volunteers from various cities reached out to businesses about SB 1193 and handed out fliers.

As part of this event, we created a training video for volunteers:

SB 1193 Training Video

We plan to host more SB 1193 Community Day's of Action in the future. If you're interested, please make sure you sign up for our mailing list.