Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Human trafficking is a major problem here and around the world and Florida is reportedly taking aggressive measures to combat the problem.
Florida lawmakers passed the “Soliciting for Prostitution Public Database” would list names, addresses and pictures of those who are convicted of or who plead no contest to charges of soliciting or offering prostitution, according to Tampa Bay Times.
A person’s name would be removed after five years if they do not re-offend.
Parts of the bill targeting massage parlors were tacked on after police accused New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and 24 other men of soliciting prostitution at a Jupiter massage parlor in February. Police initially said the sting was in connection with a human trafficking case, but no charges related to that crime have been filed.
Still, the demand for prostitution is seen as a “driving force that fuels sex trafficking,” the human trafficking bill says.
— Florida Abolitionist (@FLAbolitionist) May 10, 2019
The bill, which state legislators have yet to send to Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing, is one of two solutions Florida lawmakers put forward in 2019 to combat human trafficking throughout the state, The Daily Caller reports.
Also, under the bill, strip club owners and operators would be charged with misdemeanors if they do not keep records of their employees’ driver licenses or documents with photo IDs and age verification.
“The human trafficking bill that ultimately passed both chambers is an example of why you do not quit until the last minute of session,” Attorney General Ashley Moody said May 10.
Florida’s efforts to combat human trafficking come partly in preparation for the state to host both the Super Bowl and WrestleMania in 2020. Both sporting events have historically served as major hubs for sex trafficking.
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