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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

January 10, 2014

Dear Friends,

January is declared as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. At DBPR, we understand that in addition to our day-to-day duties of licensing efficiently and regulating fairly, it is crucial for us to look for indicators of illegal activity such as human trafficking, as well as educate our licensees on the resources that are available to them.

To help win the fight against the growing epidemic of human trafficking, DBPR employees have received training from various experts in the field that educate employees on a general overview of the issues surrounding human trafficking. The Division of Regulation’s webpage on the crime of human trafficking provides lists of conditions to look for, as well as contact information to report human trafficking. DBPR also provides local and national human trafficking contact information to inspectors, investigators and consumers, including the Department of Economic Opportunity Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Exploitation Hotline and the Seasonal Farmworker Exploitation Hotline so they may report any suspected incidences of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is something we do not take lightly at DBPR. As an agency, we continue to develop ways to raise awareness on how to identify human trafficking and what to do if human trafficking is suspected. We are glad we can assist in the efforts to educate both our employees and Floridians so we may help keep every individual safe.

Governor’s Corner by Governor Rick Scott

Florida’s economy continues to improve, thanks to your hard work. With the unemployment rate down to 6.4 percent, it is clear our state is moving forward. But we aren’t done yet.

We want to create an opportunity economy in Florida that will support jobs for generations to come. To do this, we’re proposing to give more money back to Florida families and job creators.

With less than two months until the beginning of the legislative session, we are committed to putting money back in the pockets of Florida families. That is why we are going to undo the 54 percent tax increase Floridians saw in 2009 to register their motor vehicles. This means around $400 million annually will be given back to Florida families, and I look forward to working with our partners in the Florida Legislature to return this money back to our families.

With your help, we will make Florida the number one state for families to get a job, a quality education, and enjoy a low cost of living. The future looks bright for Florida families and we look forward to seeing what 2014 will bring.


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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