Sullivan filed a bill (HB 1013) that calls for developing the "Safe and Free Florida" license plate.
The word "Florida" would appear at the top of the plate and the words "End Human Trafficking" would appear at the bottom. Motorists would pay an extra $25 for the plates, with the money going to the attorney general's office for distribution to non-governmental organizations that provide services to victims of human trafficking.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has made a priority of trying to curb human trafficking in the state. Sullivan's bill will be considered during the legislative session that starts Jan. 12.
Tell-tale signs -
Here are some of the signs of human trafficking, according to Polaris, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking:
The person in question:
•Is not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes.
•Is under 18 and is providing commercial sex acts.
•Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off.
•Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
•Avoids eye contact.
•Lacks health care.
•Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture.
•Has few or no personal possessions.
•Is not in control of his/her own money, no financial records, or bank account.
•Is not in control of his/her own identification documents (ID or passport).
For more information, go to traffickingresourcecenter.org.
Jerry Fallstrom of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report.
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