A bill that aims to reform massage businesses that are fronts for sex trafficking passed the House quickly by a 117-0 vote on Wednesday and was sent to the Senate.
Freshman legislator Rep. Dave Kerner said that owners of these shady businesses "force victims of sex trafficking to live in the confines of that establishment. Oftentimes, they aren't allowed to leave and they're forced to live there."
The women working at these places are often in the country unlawfully and don't speak English. "They won't reach out to law enforcement," said Kerner, D-Lake Worth. "But I think we can agree they should all be protected by the law."