NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A9814
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the general business law, in relation to information
concerning services for human trafficking victims in facilities at truck
To require truck stops to provide information concerning services for
human trafficking victims in public restrooms.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one adds a new section 390d to the general business law, to
require that truck stop operators make cards or signs available in
public restrooms containing information on services for trafficking
Section 2 provides the effective date.
Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that generates $150 billion in
annual profits. In 2021, an estimated 25 million people were trafficked.
The anonymity and isolation of truck stops and the opportunity for a
concentration of clients in one place make them ideal locations for
traffickers to exploit their victims. As known trafficking hubs, they
are ideal locations to provide information about victim services.
Many victims are heavily supervised and controlled, preventing them from
safely seeking help or finding resources without fear of retaliation.
This bill will require truck stops to visibly post informational signs
or cards in the public restrooms. The signs and cards must include
information on human trafficking services and must prominently display
the national human trafficking hotline number.
Through this legislation, truck stops can assume a more prominent role
in responding to and helping to prevent human trafficking. It will also
afford victims the tools and resources to hopefully escape their
On the sixtieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
April 19, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Economic Development
AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to information
concerning services for human trafficking victims in facilities at
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new
2 section 390-d to read as follows:
3 § 390-d. Information concerning services for human trafficking victims
4 in facilities at truck stops. 1. The operator of any truck stop shall
5 make available in plain view and in a conspicuous place and manner in
6 all sanitary facilities available for public use, informational cards
7 and/or signs developed by:
8 (i) the office of temporary and disability assistance in consultation
9 with the New York state interagency task force on human trafficking; or
10 (ii) the United States Department of Homeland Security.
11 2. All informational cards and signs shall only contain information
12 concerning services for human trafficking victims and shall prominently
13 include the national human trafficking hotline telephone number.
14 3. For purposes of this section, "truck stop" shall mean a facility
15 that has the capacity to provide fuel or service, or both, to any
16 commercial motor vehicle as defined by subdivision four of section five
17 hundred one-a of the vehicle and traffic law operating in commerce which
18 is located within twenty-five hundred feet of a controlled-access high-
19 way as defined by section one hundred nine of the vehicle and traffic
20 law which has been functionally classified by the department of trans-
21 portation as principal arterial - interstate or principal arterial -
22 other freeway/expressway on official functional classification maps
23 approved by the federal highway administration pursuant to part 470.105
24 of title 23 of the code of federal regulations, as amended from time to
26 § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
27 have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.