Please consider contacting your State Representative and Senator in support of House Bill 665 and Senate Bill 286: Human Trafficking Education in Schools.
The bills would revise the required health education in public schools to include information regarding the dangers and signs of human trafficking; authorizing a student to opt out of a specified portion of the health education under certain circumstances.
The human trafficking education portion of the health curriculum shall include, but is not limited to, information on the warning signs of human trafficking, terms used by traffickers, red flags that would indicate a trafficker’s malicious intent toward a student, websites that are popular with traffickers, and details on how a student may get help.
A student may elect to opt out of the instruction of this portion of the health education by providing the school with a written note from his or her parent.
Florida ranks 3rd in the U.S. for human trafficking crimes reported to the National Human Trafficking Center. We need to inform and protect our most vulnerable children. Education provided in the public school system will help inform and educate our children, their parents, and our school personnel. HB 665 and SB 286 will provide the platform for that essential education.