Human trafficking, with an estimated 25 million global victims annually, is a pervasive human rights offense and a form of modern day slavery. It is one of the most profitable forms of transnational organized crime with far-reaching impacts.
Traffickers take advantage of legitimate industries and supply chains to find, exploit and traffic victims. This is especially true for the travel and tourism industry—including casino gaming—when properties are unwittingly used to facilitate criminal activity.
Formed in September 2021, the AGA Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force’s mission is to develop robust casino-specific tools and guidance that are practical in their application to make progress against human trafficking in gaming.
GUIDE: Preventing and Combatting Human Trafficking in the Gaming Industry
AGA’s resource, Preventing and Combatting Human Trafficking in the Gaming Industry, bolsters industry efforts on this critical priority. The guide builds on efforts by hospitality and nonprofit partners and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury to guide the industry on applying anti-human trafficking practices including:
- Educating individuals on what constitutes human trafficking, the risks it poses to the gaming industry, and how to intervene.
- Empowering gaming employees to act when they notice human trafficking.
- Preventing human trafficking from occurring at—or being facilitated through—gaming operations.
- Addressing the specific needs of gaming executives as they institute anti-trafficking policies.
- Protecting patrons and employees from human trafficking.
The resource specifically addresses areas such as sex trafficking and forced labor; trafficking myths and realities; state and federal anti-trafficking laws and enforcement; anti-money laundering measures; and best practices for preventing, spotting and responding to trafficking at commercial and tribal gaming operations.
“The AGA, our members, and the entire gaming industry are committed to stamping out all forms of human trafficking. Through the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, we will continue to bring the industry together to defeat this evil and pervasive human rights offense.” - AGA President and CEO Bill Miller
The task force will continue to advance industry anti-trafficking efforts in the coming months by co-hosting regional events, participating in educational sessions at Global Gaming Expo 2022 (Oct. 10-13), and driving activations during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January 2023.
About the Task Force
The AGA Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of AGA member executives with expertise in security, hospitality, anti-money laundering compliance, legal and other specialized sectors of the gaming industry. Participating AGA member companies include Bally’s Corporation, Boyd Gaming, Delaware North, FireKeepers Casino Hotel, GeoComply, MGM Resorts International, Penn National Gaming, Rush Street Gaming, Seminole Hard Rock,South Point Las Vegas and Wynn Resorts.