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
A public lodging establishment can create their own training curriculum to provide to their employees, or choose from a curriculum that is already available. If an establishment wishes to submit a new curriculum to DBPR for review and approval, please send the curriculum as an email attachment to DHR.Info@myfloridalicense.com, along with a brief statement requesting review of the curriculum. Alternatively, an establishment may present the training curriculum to a representative of the Division during an inspection visit to the establishment, providing the option for the curriculum to be reviewed during the inspection.
Approved 3rd Party Curriculums (updated monthly)
DBPR has received requests to review human trafficking training curriculums from several third-party organizations that may offer their courses to the public. The following is a list of course curriculums that have already been reviewed by the Division of Hotels & Restaurants, and are approved for use in public lodging establishments within Florida due to their confirmed compliance with section 509.096, Florida Statutes.
- Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) : https://frla.org/
- Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking: https://www.floridaallianceendht.com/
- Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches: https://www.htcpb.org
- Human Trafficking Education Seminars: humantraffickingeducationseminars.com
- Marriott Vacations Worldwide: https://www.marriottvacationsworldwide.com/
- Sun Communities, Inc. : https://www.suncommunities.com/
- Home of Training: homeoftraining.com
- United World Mission: uwm.org
- Train 321 : homeoftraining.com
- General Services Corp. (GSC) : https://gscapts.com/
The Division has compiled a list of commonly-asked questions about the human trafficking requirements for public lodging establishments. A list of questions and answers can be found here.
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: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/
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