California Senate Bill 1193, Civil Code Section 52.6 of the State of California requires certain businesses to post a notice that promotes awareness of the resources for victims of human trafficking and slavery.
California is unfortunately one of the nation's top four states for trafficked persons, and the Bay Area is a particular national hot spot for human trafficking. Victims come from all backgrounds and are trafficked in all industries.
Studies have shown that in other states where similar posting requirements have been enacted, there has been an increase in the number of reported trafficking situations and rescues of victims.
These posters must be in a visible location, such as near the entrance or restroom.
A 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.
Periodically, we will organize a Community Day of Action. This is an opportunity to get the community more closely involved with the enforcement of SB 1193. Across the Bay Area, walking routes of businesses impacted by the law will be handed out. Volunteers will visit businesses and educate them on the law, as well as providing an official SB 1193 poster.
The MAP1193 app is available wherever your phone is! You can help businesses in your area comply at any time by going to heatwatch.org
For any other questions, please contact Map1193@heatwatch.org