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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