CALIFORNIA: Mandated reporting of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children effective January 1, 2016: The commercial sexual exploitation of a child is a form of sexual abuse and required by law to be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by all mandated reporters. California mandated reporters. If a victim needs immediate medical attention, call 911 or your local emergency number. 

- Senate Bill 794 (New Penal Code section 11165.1(c)(1-3) adds a definition of “Commercial Sexual Exploitation” to the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) - California Penal Code section 11165.1.) 

California Child Abuse Hotline: 1(800) 344-6000

San Diego Child Abuse Hotline: 858-560-2191

*If it is determined that the child may be in immediate danger, a social worker and/or law enforcement officer will make a home visit within a few hours of receiving notification. If there is not an immediate danger, a social worker will investigate within three to ten days of receiving a call if it is determined that the child may be at risk.

Am I obligated to report situations of human trafficking? If so, who should I contact? 

Legal requirements regarding mandatory reporting of human trafficking may differ from state to state. However, human trafficking situations may require mandatory reporting under related statutes (e.g. child or elder abuse, sexual abuse, or domestic violence). Refer to your local or state requirements regarding mandatory reporting. While contacting the NHTRC will not fulfill mandatory reporting requirements, the NHTRC can facilitate a report to specialized law enforcement trained to handle human trafficking cases.

When working with adults who have been trafficked, it is important to gain permission and consent from the patient before disclosing any personal information about the patient to others, including service providers. Furthermore, medical providers should be aware of how HIPAA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations impact the ability to report potential trafficking situations on behalf of a patient. When contacting the NHTRC or connecting with local service providers, keep in mind any confidentiality obligations. 


The National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Call 1-888-373-7888
SMS: 233733
(Text "HELP" or "INFO")

(24 hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 200 languages.)

The Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition Direct Victim Services
(San Diego, 24/7)

U.S. Customs and Borders Protection
To report suspected Human Trafficking

Office of Refugee Resettlement 

Admin. for Children & Families



(for reporting suspected child trafficking)


Child Abuse California Hotline
1(800) 344-6000

San Diego Child Abuse Hotline