Senate Bill 1193 Posting of Public Notices Regarding Slavery and Human Trafficking


Frequently Asked Questions


Question: What is Human Trafficking?


Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.


Question: Why is the posting required?


 Senate Bill 1193, enacted April 1, 2013 added Section 52.6 to the Civil Code. This new law requires specified businesses and other establishments to post a notice informing the public and victims of human trafficking of telephone hotline numbers to seek help or report unlawful


Question: What happens if I do not post?


A required business or establishment that fails to comply will be given 30 days from the date the violation notice to comply is sent. If the violation is not corrected, the business or establishment is liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first offense and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent offense.


 Question: Where do I have to post?

Civil Code § 52.6 requires that a specified business or other establishment must post the notice in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted.




Question: Which poster do I need to display to be in compliance with the law?


The enclosed poster is being provided for your convenience. This poster is designed for the optimum targeted outreach and does meet all the requirements of the law. For compliance, a required business must display a posting at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches, written in 16 font, and include the required language as referenced in the SB1193. The Attorney General’s Office for the State of California has also created a model template which can be found on their website.


Question: How long do I have to keep the poster up?


 Law requires the posting and there is currently no expiration date.


Question: How does the poster need to be hung?


There is no specific requirement for how the poster is hung, other than it must be displayed and visible. The poster may be hung on any thickness or type of paper, and may be laminated and/or framed if desired.


Question: In what languages do I need to post?


The specified businesses and other establishments must post the notice in English, Spanish, and in one other language that is the most widely spoken language in the business or establishment’s location. Within Santa Barbara County, languages that have been identified by the Attorney General’s Office as most widely spoken include English and Spanish.


Question: Should staff be made aware of the posting?


There is nothing in the law that requires education of staff. Although, to ensure staff are fully comfortable with answering anticipated questions about the poster, and to optimize outreach efforts for victims, training staff on the content and requirements of the poster is highly recommended.





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