During spring 2018, the Missouri General Assembly addressed the issue of human trafficking by passing House Bill 1246. The legislation requires, as of March 1, 2019, that posters advertising the national human trafficking website and hotline number are to be posted in public places in Missouri, including hotels, places of public transportation, strip clubs, health care facilities and truck stops.
The provisions of Section 595.120 RSMo require establishments to display the posters “in a conspicuous place in or near the bathrooms or near the entrance” of the establishment. The Department of Public Safety is required to create and have available the posters by Jan. 1, 2019.
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Twenty-nine new ICD-10 codes are available to allow providers to identify and assist victims of human trafficking, as well as to allow coding professionals to translate that information into data that will provide greater insight into the problem. The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative, in collaboration with Catholic Health Initiatives and Massachusetts General Hospital's Human Trafficking Initiative and Freedom Clinic, along with support from other hospital and health system members, successfully advocated for the codes.
The Joint Commission issued a Quick Safety bulletin on identifying and managing human trafficking. According to TJC, the U.S. is “one of the largest markets and destinations” for trafficking victims.
Missouri’s Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline responds to reports of abuse, bullying, neglect and financial exploitation. If you suspect someone is being abused, bullied, neglected or exploited, call the hotline at 800/392-0210. The hotline operates 365 days per year from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Hearing-impaired persons may utilize Relay Missouri by calling 1-800/735-2466. Due to the possible need for mandated reporters to report a concern to the Central Registry Unit between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. (when the hotline is not in operation), a Mandated Reporter Form is available for use.
Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault
The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is a toll-free telephone line that is answered seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 800/392-3738.
For hearing and speech impaired, please contact Relay Missouri at 1-800/735-2466/voice or 1-800/735-2966/text phone.