Annie Sovcik is the Director of Busing on the Lookout (BOTL), a program of
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). As BOTL director, Annie leads TAT’s
efforts to engage the bus and casino industries in the fight against human
trafficking. Annie came to TAT in 2018 with over 12 years of experience as a
human rights lawyer, working on anti-human trafficking, anti-torture, and
refugee protection policies at a national and international level. Prior to
joining TAT, Annie was the director of the Washington D.C. office of the
Center for Victims of Torture. She has also worked as a lawyer with Human
Rights First and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and as a
consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Annie is a
graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and received her
B.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver.
Casinos Combating Human Trafficking
Survivors of sex trafficking have reported their traffickers using casinos as a meeting place for buyers who were arranged online or as a venue to solicit prospective buyers, particularly when the casino is combined with a hotel. Casinos can also be a refuge for victims, offering a secure place where they can seek help or attempt to exit their situation. Because of their potential to come into contact with victims of human trafficking, casino industry employees – including security and surveillance personnel – have a critical role in helping to combat human trafficking in the course of their everyday jobs.
This session will provide an overview of human trafficking and its intersections with casinos, describe red flags to look for, offer guidance on proactive steps casinos can take, and share free industry specific materials that casino managers can use to train their staff.