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Monday, April 15, 2019

Changes to Human Trafficking Law Affect Public Events

Organizers of public gatherings on property open to the public have new responsibilities when it comes to posting notices under the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act.

Effective January 1, 2019, P.A. 100-0671 amended several sections of the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act which adds to the list of entities that are required to post the notice under the Act. Specifically, the new law now requires the organizer of a public gathering conducted on property open to the public that requires a permit from a unit of local government to post a notice that complies with the requirements of the Act in a conspicuous and accessible place on the premises in clear view of the public where similar notices are customarily posted. 775 ILCS 50/5(d).

The notice is intended to inform the public and victims of human trafficking of telephone hotline numbers to seek help or report unlawful activity. The Act requires specific posting mandates, language requirements, and penalties of up to $500 per violation for failure to post. In addition, each mandated business is required to post the notice in English and Spanish. For helpful model notices, you can find State of Illinois resources HERE.

Post Authored by Dan Bolin and John Reding, Ancel Glink


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