Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that occurs in every state, including Florida. Human Trafficking exploits individuals through forced work in prostitution or sexual entertainment, and forced labor through domestic servitude, restaurants, factories, sweatshops, and agriculture works. Various techniques are used to instill fear in victims to keep them enslaved and isolated.

In June 2015, the Florida legislature enacted a new statute (Section 787.29 Florida Statute) that requires businesses and locations throughout Florida to display public awareness signage which informs the public about human trafficking and resource assistance. 

Required Registration and Signage Information

Pursuant to the City of Jacksonville Municipal Code Section 150.413 (enacted May 2016 - Amended August 2017), Public Awareness Signs must be displayed at the following establishments:
  • A nude establishment
  • Adult entertainment establishment
  • Dancing entertainment establishment
  • Any business or establishment that offers massage or bodywork services
  • Any business performing services for compensation that is not owned by a health care practitioner regulated pursuant to 456, Florida Statutes, as defined in Section 456.001, Florida Statutes, is required to meet the new standards.
  • Public Lodging establishments
The signage must state:

“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. This notice is posted pursuant to Section 787.29, Florida Statutes, and Section 150.413, Jacksonville Ordinance Code.”
 
It is unlawful to violate any provisions of this section, and any violation shall be deemed a non-criminal violation, subject to a punishable penalty, pursuant to Florida Statute 775.083. A violation of this code shall be a Class F offense, pursuant to Section 609.109 Ordinance Code.

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