Sex trafficking survivors have reported their traffickers using casinos as a meeting place for buyers who were arranged online or as a venue to solicit prospective buyers. Casinos can also be a refuge for victims, offering a secure place where they can seek help or attempt to exit their situation. As buses carry patrons to and from casinos, those drivers may be coming into contact with trafficking victims who are being transported on those buses or see the bus as a lifeline for escape.
There are four critical steps that casinos throughout the United States and Canada should take to support the recovery of victims and to help hold traffickers accountable. These best practices include:
BOTL’s free industry-specific training materials for casinos are designed to train gaming industry employees on how to recognize and report signs of human trafficking they may be seeing in the course of their everyday jobs. These materials are a primary training tool for casinos and can be supplementary to the standard BOTL resources for transit and motorcoach outlined here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for print materials.
BOTL’s posters were designed in consultation with survivors of trafficking and are designed to reach victims with this life-saving information. All posters are available in English and Spanish.
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