Mandatory Human Trafficking Signage
In the state of Georgia, certain businesses and agencies are required to post signage regarding human trafficking. This page provides a link to specific signage necessary as part of O.C.G.A. § 16-5-47 as well as outlines which specific businesses and organizations must post this signage and costs of not posting signage.
Per § 16-5-47(b) of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated
"Effective September 15, 2013, the following businesses and other establishments shall post the notice described in subsection (c) of this Code section, or a substantially similar notice, in English, Spanish, and any other language deemed appropriate by the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, in each public restroom for the business or establishment and either in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the business or establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted:
(1) Adult entertainment establishments;
(3) Primary airports;
(4) Passenger rail or light rail stations;
(5) Bus stations;
(6) Truck stops;
(7) Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals;
(8) Urgent care centers;
(9) Farm labor contractors and day haulers;
(10) Privately operated job recruitment centers;
(11) Safety rest areas located along interstate highways in this state;
(13) Businesses and establishments that offer massage or bodywork services by a person who is not a massage therapist; and
(14) Government buildings; provided, however, that in the case of leased property, this paragraph shall only apply to public restrooms that are a part of such lease for exclusive use by the government entity."
Per § 16-5-47(d)(1) of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated
"A law enforcement officer shall notify, in writing, any business or establishment that has failed to comply with this Code section that it has failed to comply with the requirements of this Code section and if it does not correct the violation within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice, the owner of such business or establishment shall be charged with a violation of this Code section and upon conviction shall be guilty of the misdemeanor offense of failure to post the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline number and may be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00; but the provisions of Chapter 11 of Title 17 and any other provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, the costs of such prosecution shall not be taxed nor shall any additional penalty, fee, or surcharge to a fine for such offense be assessed against an owner for conviction thereof. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, the owner shall be guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $5,000.00. The notice required by this subsection may be hand delivered to the noncomplying business or establishment or mailed to it at the address of such business or establishment."