Human trafficking does not necessarily involve smuggling or moving victims from outside of the country or state, or from one place to another. It means using force, fraud, duress, coercion or equivalent conduct to obtain labor or services. This can occur in private homes, in agricultural fields, factories, restaurants, in brothels or strip clubs, or in any other industry. It can occur in rural and urban areas, and victims can be anyone: men or women; adults or children; people with little or no education or with advanced degrees; undocumented migrants, U.S. citizens, or documented immigrants.
SB 970 (external site) requires that, by January 1, 2020, hotel and motel employers provide at least 20 minutes of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding human trafficking awareness to each employee who is likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking and who is employed as of July 1, 2019. Employers must also provide such training to new employees likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking within six months of their employment in that role. An employer who has provided this training and education to an employee on or before January 1, 2019, is not required to provide additional training.
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