Governor Signs Breen Bill to Improve Access to Human Trafficking Hotline Information

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that increases the reach of the Illinois Human Trafficking Hotline was signed into law today by Governor Bruce Rauner. SB 2286 adds employees of hotels and motels to the list of those who are required to have access to prominently placed notices about the Human Trafficking Hotline.

“By requiring that these notices be posted at all hotels and motels in view of their employees, these individuals who are especially susceptible to being trafficked will have quick access to assistance when either they themselves or a coworker are suffering in a trafficking situation,” said Breen. “It was my pleasure to work with the Democrat Senate sponsor of this bill to ensure its unanimous passage in the House.”

The amended law requires that the notices be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size with a text font no smaller than 16-point. The text must 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, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services.

Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and Illinois law. The hotline is:
    • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
    • Toll-free. 
    • Operated by nonprofit nongovernmental organizations. 
    • Anonymous and confidential. 
    • Accessible in more than 160 languages. 
    • Able to provide help, referral to services, training, and general information.