AGA’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force takes first step

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has released the first resource for its newly founded Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. 

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The resource, Preventing and Combating Human Trafficking in the Gaming Industry, defines the nature of human trafficking offences while detailing best practices for preventing and responding to trafficking at gaming operations (casinos & resorts).  

“AGA, our members and the entire gaming industry are committed to stamping out all forms of human trafficking,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller.  

“Through the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, we will continue to bring the industry together to defeat this evil and pervasive human rights offence.” 

Building on efforts made by the US Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury, the guide will help gaming executives apply anti-human trafficking practices. 

This includes: educating individuals on what constitutes human trafficking and the risks it poses to the gaming industry; empowering gaming employees to act when they notice human trafficking; preventing human trafficking from occurring or being facilitated at gaming operations; addressing the needs of gaming executives as they institute anti-trafficking policies; protecting patrons and employees from human trafficking. 

In addition, AGA’s resource focuses on areas of trafficking specific to the gaming industry, including sex trafficking, forced labour, anti-money laundering measures and best practices for preventing, spotting and responding to trafficking at both commercial and tribal gaming operations. 

Alex Costello, AGA’s VP of Government Relations, concluded: “While many gaming companies already have robust anti-human trafficking policies, this guide will serve as an essential tool for the industry to assess and strengthen its current protocols. 

Today’s announcement marks the first step in the task force’s ongoing work to enhance the gaming industry’s anti-trafficking efforts.” 


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