Iowa businesses unite against human trafficking in new statewide initiative

Iowa launched a new statewide alliance Thursday to combat human trafficking.

The Iowa Business Against Trafficking (IBAT) initiative asks Iowa employers to promote awareness of human trafficking prevention resources. Businesses have to do two things each year to participate in the coalition: educate their employees and customers on the signs of human trafficking, and take action to prevent it by sharing resources.

“We are building an army to battle human trafficking,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said at a news conference Thursday.

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