NEW LAW – New York Requires Human Trafficking Informational Cards Be Posted In Hotels

New York State hotel operators are you ready for the new posting requirement?

Starting October 14, 2018, all hotels in New York with at least five rooms will be required to post human trafficking “informational cards” throughout each hotel’s premises.

There are three options for the type of card that can be posted:

  1. The hotel can create its own informational card
  2. The hotel can use a card created by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in conjunction with the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking (which is not yet available)
  3. Use a card created by the United States Department of Homeland Security

Should a hotel operator choose to create its own card, it must contain the following:

  • the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-888-373-7888) and
  • only information regarding services for human trafficking victims.

There are no other specific requirements for the content of these cards.  In addition, there are not any specific size requirements for the cards.

Hotel operators are required to place the cards in the hotel

  • in plain view and in a conspicuous location in public rest rooms,
  • in guest rooms, and
  • near the public entrance to the hotel (or another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and its employees where similar information is customarily displayed)

Aside from the above location requirement, there is no requirement that the cards to be affixed in any particular location; therefore, a hotel may choose to stack informational cards in the required locations.