This legislation strengthens existing laws against human trafficking and curtails the 150 billion dollar industry that exploits men, women, and children.
The 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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