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California Civil Code Section 52.6 requires certain businesses (listed below) to post a notice that promotes resources available to victims of human trafficking and the community. The law was amended in 2017 to include hotels, motels and bed and breakfast inns in the list of businesses required to post this notice. Effective January 1, 2019 all businesses listed must display the. California law mandates the size of the notice and the content it must contain.

The San Mateo County Human Trafficking Program has produced a poster meeting the legal requirements to help San Mateo County businesses comply with the law. We will also provide you with a list of Frequently Asked Questions to educate your staff on human trafficking. The posters are available upon request. Simply complete the form at the bottom of this page.

California Civil Code § 52.6 (2017)  

(a) Each of the following businesses and other establishments shall, upon the availability of the model notice described in subdivision (d), post a notice that complies with the requirements of this section 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:

(1) On-sale general public premises licensees under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (Division 9 (commencing with Section 23000) of the Business and Professions Code).

(2) Adult or sexually oriented businesses, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 318.5 of the Penal Code.

(3) Primary airports, as defined in Section 47102(16) of Title 49 of the United States Code.

(4) Intercity passenger rail or light rail stations.

(5) Bus stations.

(6) Truck stops. For purposes of this section, “truck stop” means a privately owned and operated facility that provides food, fuel, shower or other sanitary facilities, and lawful overnight truck parking.

(7) Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals.

(8) Urgent care centers.

(9) Farm labor contractors, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 1682 of the Labor Code.

(10) Privately operated job recruitment centers.

(11) Roadside rest areas.

(12) Businesses or establishments that offer massage or bodywork services for compensation and are not described in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 4612 of the Business and Professions Code.

(13) Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 24045.12 of the Business and Professions Code, not including personal residences.

(b) The notice to be posted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be at least 81/2 inches by 11 inches in size, written in a 16-point font, and shall 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.