Reposted from ED Publications
Why you and your staff should attend the COAST Training Seminar at EXPO 2016
A detailed, hands-on COAST (Club Operators Against Sex Trafficking) Training Seminar will be presented at the upcoming 2016 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in New Orleans Aug. 7-10, and all EXPO attendees are invited.
The COAST Training Seminar is from 3:30-5:30 pm Aug. 7, and will be presented by ACE Board Member Micheal Ocello, President/COO of the PT’s Showclubs chain; Kate Reilly, Special Agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations; and Trooper Justin Berry from the Louisiana State Police.
Club owners and their key staff are urged to attend because:
— Receiving COAST training educates club staff on how to identify and report possible human trafficking incidents.
— Receiving Coast training demonstrates to community groups and local authorities that your club is part of the solution and in some states can impact the renewal of your license.
— Every seminar attendee receives an official COAST Training Certificate of Attendance.
— Saving a person from the maltreatment of human trafficking is an important thing to do.
Ocello reports that Indiana recently passed a law that states “in determining whether to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew the permit issued for a licensed premises” authorities will consider “whether the permit holder has provided training … to employees … to increase the awareness of human trafficking and assist victims of human trafficking” through a training program that has been approved by “a nationwide association made up of operators who run adult entertainment establishments.”
Your state could be next, so why not take advantage of this free training.
Ocello says the COAST Training Seminar at EXPO 2016 will:
1) Explain the different types of human trafficking
2) Explain why addressing the issue is important to the successful operation of your club
3) Teach your staff how to recognize the signs and indicators of human trafficking
4) Teach your staff on the proper ways to document and report human trafficking
As a seasoned club operator who knows how to get the attention of fellow club owners, Ocello says he pulls no punches in his presentation at the training seminars. “I’m much harsher than the federal agents who can sometimes sugarcoat it. I don’t have to be as politically correct as them.”
Ocello notes that ignoring the problem or simply stating that sex trafficking does not happen at adult nightclubs is not enough. “We are a high risk industry. Just like we are high risk when it comes to drinking and driving. The human trafficking conversation is happening. We have a choice about which side of that conversation we are going to be on.”
Ocello reports that a lot of the training is common sense, yet it requires club owners and managers to be a bit of a detective and look for subtle clues. For example, when an entertainer shows up for a job interview is she with a “friend” or a handler? During the interview does the friend answer all the GM’s questions instead of the entertainer? Does the friend have the entertainer’s ID in their possession when the GM asks to see it? When asked why she needs the job does the entertainer say it’s for tuition or that she’s a single mother with a child, or does she say, “My friend says this is where I should dance.”?
“This is your perfect opportunity to see what a COAST meeting is all about,” says Ocello. “In all the time we’ve been doing these seminars, I’ve never had anyone walk out. Instead what I’ve heard is, ‘This isn’t what I thought it would be. I’ve learned so much, and I wish I would have brought more people from my club with me!’”
EXPO 2016 is a three-day conference of Panel Sessions, Workshops, a Tradeshow, Evening Parties, Special Events and an Awards Show for the owners and operators in the multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry. EXPO 2016 will be held August 7-10 at the Hilton Riverside in downtown New Orleans just a few blocks from the world famous French Quarter and Bourbon Street.
To register for EXPO 2016, call us today at (727) 726-3592 or register online at http://www.theedexpo.com/attending/attendee-registration