"Forced to Work?" That's the heading of a new poster that will soon be appearing in more than 600 adult businesses, rest areas, hospitals, farm labor contractors, light rail stations, and airports in Sacramento County.
Anyone brought to California to work as slave labor can call or text the number on the poster for help. Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully says slave labor in the sex trade is increasingly younger and law enforcement has come to view the prostitutes as victims and not criminals.
"Not just across the state, but across this nation, cops out on the beat, prosecutors in the courtroom, criminal defense lawyers, probation officers are looking at this issue in a different way."
The posters are the District Attorney's and Sheriff's response to a state law passed last year. The law mandates adult or sexually-oriented businesses and others assist in the fight to stop human trafficking.
The posters are available in ten different languages. Combined, the people at the center taking calls can speak 170 different languages.