The Maine Human Trafficking Poster reminds patrons and employees that forced labor, sex trafficking, and human trafficking are crimes under state and federal law. The poster also provides contact information for the National Human Trafficking Hotline for victims or those who wish to report a suspected incident of human trafficking.
Victims of human trafficking may be forced into engaging in commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity, and unable to leave. Since 2007, the non-profit, non-governmental National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline has received 145,764 reports on potential victims of sex or labor trafficking. The Resource Center provides help and referral to services for victims and survivors of human trafficking, as well as training and general information for those who wish to provide assistance to victims.
Effective August 2, 2018, the Maine Human Trafficking Poster must be posted by the following businesses and employers:
- A Department of Labor career center;
- An office that provides services under the Governor’s Jobs Initiative Program;
- A hospital or facility licensed to provide emergency medical services;
- An eating and lodging place, i.e. hotels, motels, guest homes and cottages;
- An adult entertainment nightclub or bar, adult spa, establishment featuring strippers or erotic dancers or other sexually oriented business;
- A money transmitter; or
- A check cashing business or foreign currency exchange business.
The poster must be posted in a conspicuous manner that is clearly visible to the public and employees within their businesses and places of employment. (26 M.R.S.A. § 869)
Businesses may also post voluntarily to help support the effort to stop human trafficking.