Legislation Requires Posting of Human Trafficking Signs by Kentucky Hotels and Others

House Bill 3, a human trafficking bill which passed during this year’s session of the General Assembly, contains a required posting of signs by Kentucky hotels. The legislation takes effect on July 15, 2024. 

In summary, hotels are required to post in their lobby, stairwells, elevators, or on or beside exit doors, and in all of their publicly accessible restrooms a printed sign in English and Spanish displaying the current telephone hotline number of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Signs must be at least 8.5x11 inches in size, with letters in at least 16-point font. An alternative to a sign is a printed transparent static window cling in English and Spanish at least 3 by 3 inches in size, with letters in at least 10-point font. Signs or window clings are to be in a prominent place easily seen by patrons.

We asked the Attorney General’s Office for clarification of required locations for the signs and were sent the following points:

  • Regarding the locations mentioned in 2a [of the bill], signs must be posted in the lobby, or stairwells, or elevators, or on or beside exit doors.
  • Regarding the locations mentioned in 2b, signs must be posted in all publicly accessible restrooms.

With the first point note the use of “or” rather than “and.” In the second point, note the reference to “all.” Also, with the second point the Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that “publicly accessible restrooms” do not include guest room restrooms.

One other important provision in the bill is that the signs or window clings are to be “Created using gender-neutral language supplied by the Office of the Attorney General, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, or the United States Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign…”  The Attorney General’s Office will be posting on their website an approved 8.5x11 sign that can be downloaded and copied.  That sign isn’t available yet and KTIA will alert members when it is and include it on our website.

The bill also contains provisions related to interstate and turnpike rest areas, airports, train stations, bus stations and truck stops all of which are to place the signs in their restrooms.

Click here to access HB 3 in its entirety. Section 5 contains hotel requirements; section 6, rest areas; section 7, airports; section 8, train stations; and section 9, bus stations and truck stops.