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Local businesses now required to post human trafficking notices

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Issue 15, Volume 18.
Alex Groves
Staff Writer

Starting this month local businesses will have to post notices with information about organizations which seek to eliminate human trafficking and slavery as a result of a California Senate Bill that became law in January.

California Senate Bill 1193 will require certain types of business such as alcohol vendors, transit stations, airports and urgent care centers to post signage or a notice of some sort in both English and Spanish as well as one of nine other languages, depending upon what county the notice is posted.

The standardized notice that some businesses will need to start implementing encourages individuals engaged in activity that they can’t opt out of to call either the Human Trafficking Resource Center or California Coalition to Abolish Slavery.

The following notice is what California businesses will Advertisement
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"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 – call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 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


Businesses that are required to post a notice but do not post one could be subject to a $500 fine for their first offense and a $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense, according to the wording of the


For more information about the bill and its contents, visit its corresponding page on the California State Senate website:



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Comment #1 | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 10:42 am
It's about time!!
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #2 | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm
Just post one big sign (Sorry Delaney) right next to the "Welcome to Fallbrook" sign?

This way it covers everyone in one big post, saves business $$$

Another nonsense law by our friends in Sacramento.
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Comment #3 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 6:28 am
yeah, put the signs up to the one that says, "report this business if it employs illegals."
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Comment #4 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 6:29 am
Well then, depending on which county, it will never be in English.
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #5 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:45 am
I see it as yet another back door amnesty scam. Once these folks are here, asylum screams will be heard.

They play the system like a flute, and we pay.
Comment Profile ImageUnbelievable
Comment #6 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm
There were petition signature collectors at the Avocado festival with signs "Keep child molesters in prison". The petition they were promoting is this one that raises the amount thieves can steal to $950 and still be considered a misdemeanor crime. It also requires re-sentencing for felons in jail now for these crimes as well as drug and other crimes. Are you scratching your head wondering how this how anything to do with child molestation? Get this. This imitative is going to allow the releasing of a lot of criminals EXCEPT for child molesters will have to wait awhile longer. The California politicians want to release more prisoners and they will do it by fooling the voters into thinking this is a tough on crime measure.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #7 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Schizophrenia strikes again.

Our country still has NOT outlawed slavery. Please read the 13th amendment.
Comment Profile ImageDR DR
Comment #8 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm
Wait - Stop - I'm held from 8-5 against my will. I'm cooped up working all these hours, sure I'm being paid for it, generously, but I'd rather be out soaking up the sun.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #9 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:40 am
What most people apparently do not understand, is that women and children, are trafficked over our borders everyday. They are sold for money and used as sex slaves. When they are all used up, they are killed. If just one woman sees that notice and seeks help, it will be worth the effort.
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Comment #10 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:09 am
Thank you Pink #9.
All the men think this is funny. The persons held are so afraid to tell, because they will be beaten and starved for telling. Just like they were when they first were taken. They seem willing sometimes, because it was so bad, they never want the beating again.
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Comment #11 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm
#9 Pink; do you really think that posting this notice is going to make someone realize that slavery is illegal. And make them stand on their two feet and say "Holds on there Master the signs says I is Frees" and they get up and walk away.

or #10 Fallbrook res; Now that they are posting these notices, the people are no longer going to be afraid of being beating and starved. Maybe these are magic notices. and once the are posted the world is all better
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Comment #12 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm
....or perhaps, like you Liveoakparker we should all just stick our head in the sand and pretend that none of this is happening so we will all feel better about ourselves. The same cartels that run drugs and guns across our borders deal in human bondage as well. Perhaps the signs won't help, but what if they do? What if one woman or little girl gets saved because they or someone who knows their situation saw the notice? Are they worth it to you then, or do you simply just not give a darn? By the way, your choice of verbiage is insulting and demeaning.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #13 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:06 am
@ #12 Pink

So surely you feel the same way about the Second Amendment and its repeal, right?

What if one man or woman or little boy or little girl gets saved because the Second Amendment was repealed? Are they worth it to you then, or do you simply just not give a darn?

I'm all for the repeal of the Second Amendment! Are you?
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Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #14 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:22 am
@ #12 Pink

THIS/YOUR comment is a keeper! Thank you, Pink.
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Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #15 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:30 am
@ #12 Pink

Perhaps repealing the Second Amendment won't help, but what if it does?
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #16 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:42 am
Leave it to Lee to go off topic.... however, I will be glad to answer. I have two words for you Lee. Pay close attention. LELAND YEE.
Comment Profile ImageLiveoakparker
Comment #17 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 11:38 am
So Pink. Do you expect me to start paying my guys money? They get the table scraps already. Heck maybe I should hire union workers to pick my avocados. LOL
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #18 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm
This notice has nothing to do with you hiring undocumented workers to pick your fruit Mr. Moneybags, it has to do with women and children, some of them still babies and toddlers, who are brought into this country, illegally, from place like Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, and even as far away as China, to be sex slaves for men (are you a man?) is that why you think it is funny liveoakparker? Have you no shame or conscience, or is it simply the fact that you don't care? What you find amusing about something like this I simply cannot fathom. These women and children are beaten and tortured, and eventually murdered, if you don't care, why say anything at all? What can a sign in a business do to harm you? You are still free to hire all the undocumented workers you want to pick your avocados.
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Comment #19 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Lee, #7, no. Lee, slavery is illegal, that it still occurs does not make it right. Pink, I sort of agree with you; but do not think posting that notice will help. People know that it is wrong - those that are held as slaves are too terrified to report it, even if they saw the signs. As I understand it, many (most?) of the women used as prostitutes are held by illegal Mexican/central American gangs. Regardless of her status, legal, illegal, citizen, this is wrong and should be a higher priority both with the US and Mexican governments; i feel they are both interested in getting the most poor Mexicans over here - it improves Mexico's overall economy - fewer poor makes for a larger middle class, and the US either gets more voters or workers, depending on party.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #20 | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm
I'm not sure it will help either Grunt, but it's a start. I belong to an international women's organization and this is a cause dear to our hearts. Call the sheriff's department and ask them about human trafficking in SD County, better yet Google it. While you and I sleep soundly in our beds, some woman or child is enduring unimaginable horror and shame. How can we know this and not care?
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #21 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 7:30 am
@ #16 Pink

You didn't answer, as usual.
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Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #22 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 7:32 am
@ #19 Grunt

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
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Comment #23 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 8:28 am
I most certainly did answer you Lee, although you are talking apples and oranges. Please reread my answer, then Google Leland Yee. I find it hilarious that you, of all people, would accuse someone else of never answering a question. Now that is funny.
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #24 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

Actually it has alot to do with illegal aliens, who and what do you think services these workers? Ever hear of Mc Gonigle Canyon in San Diego? Do you actually know what happens in the migrant camps in Fallbrook, Bonsall?

Human trafficking means just that, whether for sex, labor or other illegal reasons.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #25 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 10:36 am
@ Pink

So let me see if I got this straight, REALLY straight!

You rightly oppose human trafficking, sex slavery, prostitution, child slavery, etc., yet you do NOT oppose the removal of a law, the repeal of the Second Amendment, which allows and EMPOWERS those criminals to commit their crime in the first place.

When will you finally pull your head out of your rear-end?!

Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #26 | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm
Lee: You couldn't get anything straight if you used a ruler.

Yes I oppose human trafficking.

No I do not support abolishing the 2nd Amendment.

The very same evil people who are trafficking human slaves and drugs across our borders are also bring in guns. Abolishing the 2nd Amendment will only insure that more bad people are armed. Ever hear of Prohibition? Did that actually stop people from drinking? No, but it put thugs like Al Capone in business making bathtub gin. Senator Leland Yee was all for abolishing the 2nd Amendment. He did everything he could do to take guns away from innocent Americans with one hand, while making arms deals with foreign countries to bring guns into this country to distribute to gang members.... and you say "shame" on me?? Shame on him, and shame on you.

@Ray: Duh.

Pardon me if I am just a little bit more concerned for the women and girls brought here against their will to be used by a bunch of men who came here because they WANT to work.....
Comment Profile ImageRK
Comment #27 | Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 at 10:18 am
Human trafficking affects men, women, and children - for commercial sex or labor. Many people have visas to work in the US and then are not paid, kept in deplorable conditions and are held hostage to work. Often the visa is tied to the employer. But this crime does keep our prices low.

Many well-to-do people hire foreigners for domestic work, take away their passport, and enslave them. The victims are miserable but may not know it's 'wrong', or their families back home may be at risk if they complain.

Others may come on travel exchange work visas and also are not compensated properly or forced to perform work not agreed upon. These victims don't know how to seek help even if they speak English

So maybe the posters will reach the victims, or alert citizens will know who to contact. Look around you. Awareness is a good thing.

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