FAQ's



 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 

General FAQs


  What requirements must be met by the sign?
  The sign must be at least 11 x 15 inches in size, use clearly legible font that is at least 32-point in type size, and must state in both English and Spanish: 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 888-373-7888 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. You can download a pdf of a sign which meets these requirements at http://www.flhealthsource.gov/humantrafficking/#signs
  Where can I report suspected human trafficking?
 
  • If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of a child in Florida contact: Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).
  • If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of an adult anywhere in the United States or of a child outside of Florida please: Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888, Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE), or Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline online at: https://humantraffickinghotline.org.
  Do I have to take a new continuing education course on human trafficking?
  Yes. The following professions are required to take a 1-hour continuing education course on human trafficking by January 1, 2021:
 
Accupuncture
Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine
Podiatric Medicine
Optometry
Pharmacy
Dentistry
 
Chiropractic Medicine
Repiratory Care
Nursing Home Administration
Occupational Therapy
Dietetics and Nutrition
Massage Therapy
Physical Therapy Practice
 
  My license renews before January 1, 2021. How will this law affect my renewal?
  This requirement will not affect your ability to renew your license before January 1, 2021. However, if the course is taken before your renewal date, the CE credit will count towards your renewal requirement.
  When must the Human Trafficking Awareness sign be displayed?
  January 1, 2021.
  Where must the Human Trafficking Awareness sign be displayed?
  The signs must be displayed in a conspicuous place in the establishment, which is accessible to employees.
  Can the human trafficking course be taken online?
  The statute does not specify the method of continuing education. Check the courses approved for your profession to see if an online course has been approved.
  My license renews before January 1, 2021. How will this law affect my renewal?
  This requirement will not affect your ability to renew your license before January 1, 2021. However, if the course is taken before your renewal date, the CE credit will count towards your renewal requirement.
  Does the human trafficking course count towards my CE requirement for renewal?
  Yes. The human trafficking course counts towards the continuing education renewal requirement for the biennium during which you take the course.
  I believe I am a person being trafficked. What should I do?
  Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888, Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE), or Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline online at: https://humantraffickinghotline.org.
  What other resources are available to me to learn more about human trafficking?
  Additional information about human trafficking can be found at any of the following websites:
 

Massage Establishment FAQs


  I have disciplinary history, can I be a DEM?
  It depends on the disciplinary history. No person with disciplinary action taken for sexual misconduct involving prostitution or crimes related to the practice of massage therapy involving prostitution may serve as a DEM. In addition, to be a DEM you must have a clear, active license as a Massage Therapist in Florida. You can check your licensure status at: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/Home
  What is a DEM?
  DEM stands for “Designated Establishment Manager.” The DEM is designated by the rules or practices of the establishment and is responsible for the operation of the massage establishment in accordance with the provisions of law and rules.
  When is the deadline for naming a DEM?
  For establishments licensed before July 1, 2019: a DEM must be named by January 1, 2020. For establishments licensed on or after July 1, 2019: applicants will have to name their DEM as a condition of licensure.
  Can I be in conditional status and be a DEM?
  No. The DEM must have a clear and active Florida Massage Therapy license without conditions.
  Can I be the DEM for an establishment I own?
  Yes, provided you meet the requirements to be a DEM.
  Can I be the DEM for multiple establishments?
  A massage therapist must practice at the establishment for which they are serving as DEM. An individual is limited in the number of establishments they can serve as DEM for to the number of locations they can actively practice at.
  What needs to be included on the human trafficking reporting procedure sign?
  The law states that the sign must include “the relevant provisions of the reporting procedure.” The relevant provisions include, but are not limited to, the phone numbers and other contact information for the National Human Trafficking Hotline or for the local law enforcement agency where the suspected human trafficking should be reported to. The sign must also include any other procedures that the establishment requires its employees to follow when human trafficking is suspected. You can download a pdf of a sign which meets the requirements at: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/humantrafficking/
  What are the requirements to become a DEM?
  To qualify as a DEM a person must:
  1. Hold an active, clear license as a Massage Therapist in Florida
  2. Practice at the establishment for which they have been delegated
  3. Be designated as the manager of the establishment and responsible for operating the establishment in accordance with the laws and rules
  4. Not have criminal history as described in Section 480.043(8), F.S., nor disciplinary action taken for sexual misconduct involving prostitution or for crimes related to the practice of massage therapy involving prostitution.
  How can I find a qualified DEM?
  The first requirement for a DEM is to be a licensed Florida Massage Therapist with a clear and active license. You can find the license status of all Florida Massage Therapists on our website at: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/Home
  How can I change DEMs?
  File Form DH MQA-5040 with the Board whenever you have a change of DEM. This Form can be found at www.flhealthsource.com/humantrafficking
  How long do I have to notify the Board when I change DEMs?
  You must notify the Board within ten days of a change in the DEM of your establishment.
  Can I have more than one DEM at a single establishment?
  No. The DEM is defined as the manager of the establishment and responsible for operating the establishment in accordance with the laws and rules. This responsibility must belong to a single licensed massage therapist actively practicing in that establishment.
  Where does the sign on human trafficking reporting procedures need to be displayed?
  The sign outlining the procedures for reporting suspected human trafficking must be displayed in a conspicuous place in the establishment which is accessible to employees.
  When do the human trafficking reporting procedures need to be in place and the sign posted?
  The sign and the procedures for reporting suspected human trafficking must be in place no later than January 1, 2021.
  Is the Board establishing reporting procedures, or does each establishment write their own procedures?
  The legislation allows each establishment to develop their own procedures for reporting suspected human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline or a local law enforcement agency. The Department has posted examples of reporting procedures and signs outlining these procedures to help establishments get started developing their own procedures at www.flhealthsource.gov/humantrafficking/.
Find Help
 
Children and adults can be victims of human trafficking. "If you see something, say something." If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of a child in Florida contact: Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of an adult anywhere in the United States or of a child outside of Florida please contact: National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888. Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE): To get help for victims and surviviors of human trafficking or to connect with local services. Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline online at: https://humantraffickinghotline.org.