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Human trafficking law goes into effect Friday

A human trafficking sign.

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation

A human trafficking sign.

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December

Expect a new sight at Florida strip clubs starting Friday.

In an effort to curb human trafficking and help victims find safety, state lawmakers last year mandated that signs be posted in “a conspicuous location” to advertise a hotline they can call or text for assistance.

It’s not just strip clubs. Under the law passed this spring and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the signs will be required at rest stops, airports, emergency rooms and massage parlors, as well as strip clubs, starting Jan. 1.

"If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in an activity and cannot leave—whether it is prostitution, housework, farm work, factory work, retail work, restaurant work, or any other activity—call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to 233-733 to access help and services. Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and Florida law," the signs say.

The human trafficking law is one of two that goes into effect at the start of 2016. A second impacts licensed athletic trainers, including requiring background checks and making changing the term of office for those on the state’s governing board of the profession to four years.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 5:02pm]

    

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