Human trafficking uniquely impacts Iowa given our proximity to areas like Chicago and Kasas City - and the intersection of two major interstate systems I-35 and I-80. That’s why increased efforts to stamp out these horrible crimes now includes a new statewide training initiative within the lodging industry. In 2020, the Iowa Legislature passed a law (Iowa Code 80.45A) that requires Iowa lodging providers who host public employees or publicly-funded events and conferences to train their staff on human trafficking.
The NEW LAW:
As of January 1, 2022, affected lodging providers must have all employees successfully complete certified human trafficking prevention training in order to receive public funds as payment for services.
The scope of this new law will likely impact every community in Iowa as public funds may not be used with any lodging provider that has not received the training certification from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
Like most crimes, human trafficking may be hidden from public view, and it can be challenging to determine when, where and how it’s happening. That’s why the Iowa Office to Combat Human Trafficking needs your help to learn what you’re seeing and get information into the hands of law enforcement.