American Gaming Association endorses legislation combating human trafficking

July 9, 2024 7:51 PM
  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports
July 9, 2024 7:51 PM
  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports

The American Gaming Association Tuesday endorsed legislation to create a program through the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to certify employers that train their workforce on identifying and combating human trafficking. The legislation, sponsored by Congressmen David Valadao of California and Troy Carter of Louisiana, was introduced Tuesday.

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“Businesses across hospitality, entertainment and transportation have a responsibility to bolster the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and the gaming industry is wholly committed to this imperative,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “The AGA thanks Reps. Valadao and Carter for their commitment to combating this detestable crime and for recognizing businesses that share this commitment.”

“California has the highest number of reported human trafficking cases of any state in the country, and it’s impacting communities right here in the Central Valley,” said Valadao. “Employees in the entertainment, hospitality and transportation industries are often the first line of defense in detecting human trafficking, and it’s critical they have the necessary training to spot indicators of this crime and save lives. We must continue working together at the local, state and federal level to raise awareness and bring an end to this growing and disturbing crime.”

During Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, the AGA, partnered with RG24seven Virtual Training  to launch an online training to educate gaming industry employees, free of charge, on how to combat human trafficking. The training uses videos and quizzes to educate participants who receive a verified certificate upon successful completion.

“The legislation proposed today by Reps. Valadao and Carter validates and strengthens the role of employee training in combating human trafficking,” said AGA Vice President, Government Relations Alex Costello. “The AGA encourages businesses across the gaming industry to take advantage of AGA’s free training as part of their dedication to responsibility and protecting their communities.”