AGA Approves Legislation to Create Employer Certification for Anti-Human Trafficking Training

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has endorsed the legislation authored by Congressmen David Valadao (R-CA) and Troy Carter (D-LA) This would create a program as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to certify employers who train their staff in identifying and combating human trafficking. This bill was introduced on Monday.

Hospitality, entertainment and transportation companies have a responsibility to strengthen the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and the gaming industry is fully committed to this imperative,” said Bill Miller, AGA President and CEO“The AGA thanks Representatives Valadao and Carter for their commitment to combating this heinous crime and for recognizing the companies that share that commitment.”

Bill Miller

California has the highest number of reported human trafficking cases in the country.and it impacts communities right here in the Central Valley,” said Deputy Valadao.

Employees in the entertainment, hospitality and transportation industries are often the first line of defense in detecting human trafficking.“It is critical that they receive the training needed to spot the indicators of this crime and save lives. We must continue to work together at the local, state and federal levels to raise awareness and put an end to this growing and disturbing crime,” he added.

Congressmen David Valadao

During Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, AGA, in partnership with RG24seven Virtual Training, launched a free online training course to educate gaming industry employees on how to combat human trafficking.

The training uses videos and quizzes to educate learners, who receive a verified certificate upon successful completion.To request access to organization-wide training, gaming company executives, managers and other representatives should contact (protected email).

Alex Costello

“The legislation proposed today by Representatives Valadao and Carter validates and strengthens the role of employee training in combating human trafficking,” said Alex Costello, AGA vice president of government relations.“The AGA encourages gaming industry businesses to take advantage of the AGA’s free training as part of their commitment to responsibility and protecting their communities.”