Rep. Jackie Toledo is spearheading a proposal to crack down against human trafficking in Florida.

Rep. Jackie Toledo is spearheading a proposal to crack down against human trafficking in Florida.

The bill (HB 1439) proposes a slew of provisions, including a prohibition of hourly-rate offerings at hotels and motels.

It also seeks to raise Florida’s first-time penalty for those paying for sex, up from a first degree misdemeanor to a third degree felony.
Those provisions, among others, aim to address the ongoing demand of forced labor, Toledo said.

Dubbed the Human Trafficking Reduction Act, hotel operators must also require that guests show ID at the time of occupancy under the measure. Toledo said the proposal enjoys the blessing of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
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