House jumps into fight against human trafficking in hotels


Source: Florida Politics
By Ryan Nicol
March 25, 2019

A companion measure to Sen. Lauren Book‘s bill aiming to combat human trafficking will begin moving its way through the House Tuesday at a hearing in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, a Fort Myers Republican, introduced the House version of the legislation (HB 851).

Fitzhagen’s measure mirrors what Book says were her four goals in crafting the Senate version (SB 540): training for hotel employees to spot victims of trafficking, establishment of a direct support organization for trafficking survivors, a new curriculum for law enforcement to address human trafficking, and setting up a registry for those who have solicited prostitutes.

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