Library for Victims / Survivors

Laws of Florida

Florida HB 99: Sexual Exploitation/“The Florida Safe Harbor Act”

Enacted April 13, 2012; Effective Date January 1, 2013

(1) Permits consideration of children as dependent/sexually exploited when engaging in prostitution; (2) Retains law enforcement discretion to arrest/prosecute children for prostitution; (3) Requires law enforcement to deliver children picked up and alleged to be dependent/sexually exploited to Department of Children and Families (DCF) for assessment; (4) Provides DCF may place a child alleged to have been sexually exploited in a safe house, if available; (5) Increases civil penalty for specified violations of prostitution and directs funds be used for treatment-based drug court programs and for DCF to fund safe houses.

Free the Slaves

Free the Slaves Website

Discusses: (1) About Slavery; (2) Interactive Slavery Map; (3) Survivors Stories; (4) Activists Speak; (5) Ending Slavery: The Plan; (6) Modern Slavery; (7) Glossary/FAQ. Additional Relevant Links:

Laws of Georgia

Georgia House Bill 141

Enacted, Effective Date: May 6, 2013

(1) Requires certain businesses/establishments to post model notice to enable human trafficking victims to obtain help/services; (2) Requires Georgia Bureau of Investigation to develop/post the model notice on its website; (3) Provides penalties for traffickers.


Half The Sky Movement: The Game

“Half the Sky Movement: The Game is the first Facebook game with direct virtual to real-life translation; the tasks and issues portrayed in the game all have a real-world equivalent in donations and social action opportunities. Players will embark on a global journey which begins in India, and moves on to Kenya, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, ending in the U.S. Along the way, players will meet different characters and take action in a very simple way by unlocking funds from the game’s sponsors to make direct impact.”

PBS Independent Lens

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2012)

October 2012

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour PBS primetime documentary film and national broadcast event inspired by the book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Filmed in 10 countries, the series addresses the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds.

Laws of Hawaii

Hawaii H.B. 1187: Relating to Human Trafficking

Enacted, Effective Date: July 1, 2013

(1) Includes minor victims of sex and labor trafficking within scope of Child Protective Act and child abuse laws; (2) Clarifies standard for eligibility of benefits.

Laws of Hawaii

Hawaii S.B. 192: Relating to Prostitution

Enacted, Effective Date: July 1, 2013

(1) Makes solicitation of a minor for prostitution a crime; (2) Increases statute of limitations for coercion into prostitution; (3) Clarifies minimum/maximum fines for prostitution offenses; (4) Adds offenses of solicitation of a minor for prostitution, habitual solicitation of prostitution, and solicitation of prostitution near schools and public parks under forfeiture laws; (5) Amends definition of “sexual offense” under sexual offender registry laws to include solicitation of a minor under age 18 for prostitution; (6) Requires sexual offender registration for conviction of solicitation of a minor for prostitution.