Earlier tonight, the Tamarac City Commission voted to pass a Human Trafficking sign ordinance designed to bring awareness to both employees and customers of certain establishments in Tamarac of possible signs of human trafficking. These signs will be placed in a conspicuous place visible to all and will say the following in English, Spanish and Mandarin:
“If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in an activity and cannot leave – whether it is prostitution, housework, farm work, factory work, retail work, restaurant work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1- 888-3737-888 or text INFO or HELP to 233-733 to access help and services. Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and Florida law.”
Now that the ordinance has passed, the next step will be to train our Code Enforcement and Fire Inspectors on more signs of human trafficking so that when they are doing their inspections, they will know what to look for and what to do.
It is my hope that other cities in Broward and beyond will take these same step in creating the awareness needed to combat human trafficking in our cities.