Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1784 By Senator Campbell 38-01311A-18 20181784__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to human trafficking; amending s. 3 16.617, F.S.; requiring the Statewide Council on Human 4 Trafficking to recommend specified identifiers or a 5 screening tool by a specified date to assist emergency 6 room health care personnel in recognizing victims of 7 human trafficking; requiring the Department of Health 8 to post the screening tool and certain information 9 provided by the council on its website; providing an 10 effective date. 11 12 WHEREAS, many young children, teenagers, and adults who 13 come in contact with Florida’s health care system are not 14 recognized as victims of human trafficking when, in fact, they 15 are, and 16 WHEREAS, emergency room personnel are often the first 17 health care professionals to interact with these victims, who 18 are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for purposes of 19 sexual exploitation or forced labor, and 20 WHEREAS, few clinicians know how to identify victims of 21 human trafficking amongst their patients; and 22 WHEREAS, potential indicators of human trafficking 23 victimization may include visible bruises and scars, frequent 24 injuries, or inconsistencies in a patient’s description of how 25 an injury occurred; and 26 WHEREAS, some hospitals developed their own human 27 trafficking protocols and the variation in different protocols 28 creates confusion; and 29 WHEREAS, access to standardized human trafficking protocols 30 would enable emergency room personnel to recognize victims of 31 human trafficking and respond appropriately, and 32 WHEREAS, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 33 serves victims and survivors of human trafficking, is a leader 34 in the global fight for human trafficking victims, and provides 35 recommendations for human trafficking assessments in healthcare 36 settings, NOW, THEREFORE, 37 38 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 39 40 Section 1. Present paragraph (e) of subsection (4) of 41 section 16.617, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph 42 (f), and a new paragraph (e) is added to that section, to read: 43 16.617 Statewide Council on Human Trafficking; creation; 44 membership; duties.— 45 (4) DUTIES.—The council shall: 46 (e) By January 1, 2019, the council shall recommend the 47 indicators of human trafficking identified by the National Human 48 Trafficking Resource Center for use in a health care setting or 49 an evidence-based national and standardized screening tool to 50 assist emergency room health care personnel in recognizing child 51 and adult victims of human trafficking. The Department of Health 52 shall post such indicators or screening tool on its website, 53 along with information on reporting, referral services, and any 54 other information provided by the council to such personnel. 55 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.