Illegal and Unlicensed Activity

    We at the Broward Chapter would love to thank our special guest, Jerome Hill, from the Division of medical Quality Services -Unlicensed and Illegal Activities Division, for coming to our chapter meeting on March 4, 2014 to speak to the chapter about how to spot potential unlicenced/illegal activities and what to do once identified. His presentation was inspiring and gave hope to frustrated therapists.

 

We at the Broward County FSMTA have decided to take a stand against unlicensed and illegal activities here in our county.
    We are now working with law enforcement agencies to help put a stop to these crimes.

    The main reason for licensure in the state of Florida is to "protect the public from harm", as per Chapter 480 "the Massage Practice Act", yet we find that there are many individuals, and even establishments out there who are practicing without a license or even doing unethical or illegal business practices. Some of the establishments go so far as to utilize human trafficking to get "workers" to provide their services. Some of these establishments even have establishment licenses.
    Victims of human trafficking are slaves who have been stripped of their families and threatened harm against either themselves or their families if they do not co-operate.
    Many of them are sold into cheap prostitution rings and the so called "happy ending" "body rub". In the state of Florida, if you are touching an individual for compensation, you MUST have a license.

    By law it is a licensed practitioner's responsibility to report these places and individuals, it is also the resposibility of the general public. If you know of any unlicensed or illegal activities, or have questions pertaining to such events, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Broward FSMTA and we will help out as best we can.

    You can report unlicensed activity directly to the Florida Dept of Health by emailing here or by calling 1-800-HALT-ULA (ULA stands for UnLicensed Activity)

You may also go to: doh.state.fl.us/mqa/enforcement/enforce_home

Thank you for your co-operation.

For any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to Email us

For more information on human trafficking, please check out the website for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking or contact them by email here.