As we reported, slavery is more lucrative and widespread throughout the world than ever before. Through human trafficking, inidividuals (mostly women and girls) are dealt on the forced labor market, which generates $150 billion per year. Around $99 billion of that comes from the illegal sex trade. Sex slaves in the United States add significantly to that number. Adult entertainment businesses, such as strip clubs and massage parlors, are hubs for human traffickers to enlist sex slaves and put them to work. The state of Florida is taking steps to try to curb human trafficking locally, by requiring strip clubs and massage parlors to post signs in their establishments that promote human trafficking awareness.
This new law will go into effect when the new year hits on January 1. The signs posted will feature a toll-free human trafficking hotline for folks to call if they thin something is up. According to TCPalm, the bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. It will give “county commissions the power to pursue noncriminal citations and fines.”
Three years ago, strip club owners and managers entered a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security where they agreed to train their employees on what to look for when it comes to human trafficking. Human trafficking is high in Florida due to its high immigrant population and businesses serving as fronts for brothels.
Florida isn’t finished combating human trafficking and slavery in the state. TCPalm reports:
The new sign law is one of several measures approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott this year to combat human trafficking and slavery and raise public awareness about the problem. The law also requires posting human trafficking awareness signs at turnpike service plazas, weigh stations and highway rest areas, major airports and train stations, and hospital emergency rooms.
Other new laws increase the punishment for those convicted and protect victims by making confidential their personal information.
More laws may be coming during the legislative session opening Jan. 12.