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Pate Launches Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking

[1]Statewide Iowa — Several Iowa businesses and trade groups have joined a new alliance to combat human trafficking in the state.

The Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking or I-BAT is an initiative by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office.

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Anyone filing the required paperwork for a new business in Iowa uses the registration portal in Pate’s office.

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The National Human Trafficking Hotline fielded nearly 300 calls from Iowa in 2020, leading to 78 criminal investigations.

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Pate says businesses can educate both employees AND customers about the signs of human trafficking. The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery already has a training program for hotel employees and is supporting Pate’s initiative.