TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would create a statewide registry for pimps and johns to try to crack down on human trafficking
House Bill 851 is still in Congress, but it has received almost universal support as Florida lawmakers decide how specifically the bill is phrased.
HB 851 would create a Soliciting Prostitution Public Database. It would list the names, addresses and provide pictures of people who are convicted or plead no contest to soliciting prostitution. The person’s criminal history would be removed from the database if they do not re-offend.
Officials are looking to curb human trafficking during big events. The bill specifically mentions how Florida hosts a variety of sporting events, concerts and cultural celebrations.
The legislation comes ahead of the Super Bowl in 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, WrestleMania 36 in 2020 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the Super Bowl in 2021 (also at Raymond James Stadium).
If the bill passed, it would take effect on July 1.
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