Volunteers for the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT), Operation Safehouse and Million Kids spanned out across Riverside County this week contacting hotels and motels to educate them about sex and labor trafficking.
New laws (California AB 260) went into effect in 2018 that require lodging facilities within California to post a human trafficking notice in a conspicuous location in clear view of both the public and employees. The notice, developed by the DOJ, contains info about slavery and human trafficking, including specific info where a person can call for services or support and how to contact victim services providers.
Prostitution is not a “Victimless” crime and often takes place in public lodging facilities. 95% of sex trafficking victims are women or children. Those involved in commercial sexual exploitation frequently have long histories of emotional, physical and or sexual abuse or trauma in their backgrounds.
The Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2010 to address crimes involving the exploitation of victims via force, fraud or coercion. These cases often involve the commercial sexual trafficking of minors as well as incidents of forced labor, indentured servitude, debt bondage or slavery. The RCAHT Task Force is a multidisciplinary task force which combines investigative resources with both local and federal law enforcement. Operation Safehouse provides services to victims of exploitation and their families. Million Kids conducts training and outreach programs to the public including corporations, schools, civic groups, faith based organizations, government agencies and the public.
To learn more about the hotel and motel outreach program and compliance with California AB 260 or to seek more information about how to combat human trafficking in Riverside County, the please contact: info@RCAHT.org.
Download a notice for Riverside County at http://www.riversidesheriff.org/pdf/HumanTrafficking-Print.pdf.
To report instances of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.