Join Us for Our Upcoming Webcast: Understanding Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation
Register now for AAHOA’s upcoming webcast with BEST (Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking), coming up Jan. 28, 2021 at 3 p.m. EST, Understanding Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation. This session will provide a detailed overview of human trafficking and its impact on children in particular. You will learn what it is, how it happens, and why it is so prevalent, as well as what makes certain groups more vulnerable to exploitation and how you can identify and respond to individuals in need. Experts will also discuss important red flags for hotel staff to help spot human trafficking.
Attention Florida Hoteliers
Human Trafficking Awareness Training Deadline: January 1, 2021
As you may know, a new law is going into effect mandating that all Florida lodging establishments provide annual human trafficking awareness training for housekeeping and front desk employees.
Here is what you need to know:
By January 1, 2021, or within 60 days of hire, whichever is LATER, all housekeeping and front desk employees must be given annual training regarding human trafficking awareness.
Your business must keep a signed, dated acknowledgment of training by each trained employee. This acknowledgment may be kept in electronic form and must be made available to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation upon request.
By January 1, 2021, you must implement a procedure to report suspected human trafficking to either local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888 or here.)
By January 1, 2021, post a human trafficking public awareness sign in a conspicuous location which is accessible to employees that is:
least 11 inches by 15 inches in size,
printed in at least 32-point type, and
which states in English and Spanish the following:
“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 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.”
“Si usted o alguien que conoce se ve obligado a participar en una actividad y no puede irse, ya sea prostitución, tareas domésticas, trabajo agrícola, trabajo de fábrica, trabajo de venta al por menor, trabajo en restaurante o cualquier otra actividad, llame al Centro Nacional de Recursos contra el Trafico de Personas al 888-373-7888 o envíe un mensaje de texto con INFO o HELP al 233-733 para acceder a ayuda y servicios. Las víctimas de la esclavitud y trafico de personas están protegidas por las leyes de los Estados Unidos y de la Florida.”
How can you satisfy the training element of the above requirements? It’s easy.
Simply offer your employees BEST'S Inhospitable to Human Trafficking Training sponsored by AAHOA! This course meets the requirements set forth in the law and is officially approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. AAHOA offers this all-digital training to AAHOA Members and their staff for FREE, it's available in English and Spanish, and is proven to increase the reporting of human trafficking incidents.