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On July 21, 2015 the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2015-029 to go into effect on January 1, 2016 pertaining to human trafficking.  A new state law signed by the Governor on June 16, 2015 ( FL Statute 787.29  ) authorizes counties to enforce posting of human trafficking public awareness signs at adult entertainment and massage / bodywork establishments alerting employees and patrons to remedies and protections related to human trafficking. 

Ordinance No. 2015-029 requires employers of strip clubs or other adult entertainment establishments or a business that offers massage or bodywork that is not owned by a healthcare profession regulated pursuant to Ch. 456 Florida Statutes to post a public awareness sign.  The sign must be at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches in size, printed in 16 point type, and state the following in English, Spanish and Creole:  "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 561-233-733 to access help and services.  Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United  States  and Florida Law."

Violation of any provision of the Ordinance shall be deemed a noncriminal violation, punishable by a fine only as provided in Section 775.083, Florida Statutes.

Human Trafficking Ordinance

8.5 x 11 public awareness poster

Legal size public awareness poster

Be Free Poster 8.5x14


The required public awareness sign must be at least 8.5 inches x 11 inches and must be printed in at least 16-point type.



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