Human Trafficking Awareness

In 2019 section 509.096 was added to Chapter 509, Florida Statutes. This section requires all public lodging establishments to provide annual training on human trafficking awareness to employees of the establishment who perform housekeeping duties in the rental units or who work at the front desk or reception area where guests check in or check out. The training must be provided for new employees within 60 days after they begin employment in a housekeeping or reception area role, or by January 1, 2021, whichever occurs later.

The information contained on this page is intended to provide information and clarification on this new requirement for public lodging establishments within the state of Florida. The public awareness sign linked below was created as a convenience for establishments to print and post in an area accessible to employees. Please be sure to print this sign on paper of at least 11in x 15in (minimum size requirement, per Statute).

Resources & Materials

  • Industry Bulletin – PDF
  • Public Awareness Sign – PDF (print 11 x 15in)

If you need more information on human trafficking, or wish to report a concern related to human trafficking, the following link will redirect you to the National Human Trafficking Rescue Center:

Need Help?

All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Steven von Bodungen, Director

Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011

Telephone: 850.487.1395