Human Trafficking Awareness

Hotels removed from Florida bill that allows lawsuits over sex trafficking

Florida’s thousands of hotels have been called the center of the state’s human-trafficking industry, providing convenient venues for the forced sale of sex.

A bill in the state Legislature that would have allowed victims to sue hotels had been sailing through the Florida House. But on Monday, the House Commerce Committee approved a new version that removed hotels from the provision, in a change that some victim advocates and legislators blamed on the state’s influential tourism industry.