A new law in Florida seeking to end human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, also allows the state to set up a “Johns Registry.” The registry will include the names, addresses, and photos of people who were found or plead guilty to solicitation of prostitution.
Support and Criticism for the New Law
Lawmakers established the new piece of legislation believing that public shaming would deter people from paying for sex. Their logic was that by punishing the buyers, demand for sex workers would drop.
Behind California and Texas, Florida has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the country.
However, critics say that the new law could create harm for people working in the consensual sex business, as well as victims of sex trafficking.
Days Spas and Brothels
The measure was introduced after crackdowns around the state on spas that were fronts for brothels. One of the most high-profile busts involved Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. He and several other men were alleged to have paid for sex at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Although sex trafficking charges were never filed in that case, Kraft and the other men were accused of soliciting sex, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Length of Time on the Registry
The Jonhs Registry would be a matter of public record, meaning anybody could access it. Anyone put on the list would be automatically removed after 5 years, as long as they do not commit any other sex offenses during that time.
New Requirements for Day Spas
When the new law takes effect in January of 2021, massage parlors will be required to post signs about human trafficking, and their staff must be trained on how to spot and report suspected incidences to police. Law enforcement officers will also be required to take a 4-hour training on investigating these types of matters.
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If you were charged with a sex crime, such as solicitation of prostitution, reach out to our team today. When the new law goes into effect, a conviction for this type of offense can have serious repercussions on your life, as you could face not only jail time and a fine, but a ruined reputation by being placed on the registry. Our attorney has over 20 years of legal experience and has successfully handled thousands of cases. We will fight hard on your behalf, working to prevent the negative impacts of a conviction.
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