The National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) recently released a report on the status and effectiveness of the Human Trafficking Outreach Project (HTOP).
HTOP was launched in early 2014 to help implement Senate Bill 1193, a law that mandates certain establishments and businesses to post human trafficking hotline information on their premises, including bars, strip clubs, emergency rooms and urgent care centers. The postings report human trafficking and seek help for victims, survivors and witnesses.
According to a Human Trafficking Legislative Issue Brief prepared by Polaris Project, “For victims, the public posting of the hotline is critical” and, “High visibility and awareness of the hotline increases the chances that human trafficking will be reported, victims will be rescued and traffickers will be prosecuted.”
The report details the HTOP, created by a task force of organizations, and currently managed and run by NCJW/LA. HTOP is implementing SB 1193 in Los Angeles County through volunteer participation and engagement, poster distribution, mandated location research, visit tracking and data compilation and analysis.
“We believe it is our moral responsibility to educate the public and raise awareness about human exploitation in our own communities,” says Cipra Nemeth, vice president of legislative and community engagement for NCJW|LA. “This report on the Human Trafficking Outreach Project shows that by working together we can stop this horrifying crime.”
For information and to read the report, visit www.ncjwla.org.
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