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Human Trafficking Awareness Signs Bill Heads To Governor

An example of the posted signs, when Attorney General Pam Bondi partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation to spread the anti-human trafficking message along Florida's major roadways.

A bill requiring human trafficking awareness signs be posted at certain businesses and other areas of the state is now headed to the Governor, after receiving final Senate approval.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), the bill’s Senate sponsor, says he would have liked the measure to go further.

“The House didn’t feel like they wanted it to be posted in as many locations as we wanted them posted. So, they reduced the number of locations,” said Latvala, on the floor Wednesday. “However, something is better than nothing.”

Because the House adjourned three days early, he says he was forced to make concessions to pass the bill.

“We had listed labor contractors, one or two other locations, and they reduced that to just adult entertainment locations,” added Latvala. “They’ll also still be at various transportation locations, such as rest areas, bus stations, airports.”

Hospital emergency rooms and certain massage establishments will also have posted signs, which will contain information on human trafficking and encourage people to call the national hotline if they see troubling situations.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.