Florida's Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

The new legislation strengthens existing laws against human trafficking and curtails a 32-billion dollar industry that exploits men, women, and children.


The new laws that went into effect on July 1, 2012 accomplish the following:

  • Combine Florida’s three existing human trafficking statutes into one statute making it more user-friendly for law enforcement;
  • Increase penalties for crime of human smuggling from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony;
  • Provide that those convicted of human sex trafficking may be designated as sex offenders and sex predators;
  • Provide that any property used for human trafficking is subject to forfeiture;
  • Require massage establishments/employees to present valid photo identification upon request; and
  • Give jurisdiction for human trafficking to the Statewide Prosecutor and the Statewide Grand Jury.

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