We Did It! NYS Passes Bill to End Child Sex Trafficking
NOW-NYC has been on the front lines fighting against sex trafficking and advocating for laws to protect and support survivors in New York for years with our partners at the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition – Sanctuary for Families and Not On My Watch.
We thank Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for collaborating with NOW, Sanctuary for Families, and Not on My Watch to better protect children from sexual predators, and working to make New York the leading state combatting child sex trafficking.
We are happy to report that our advocacy along with the determination and leadership of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and NY State Senator Andrew Lanza have paid off! The loopholes in New York State’s current anti-trafficking laws that do not adequately protect children who are trafficked will be closed with this new legislation that Governor Cuomo has vowed to sign.
Bill A. 6823-b / S 5988-A defines the crime of sex trafficking of a child and enables prosecutors to charge traffickers with child sexual exploitation without proving the child was coerced into the sex trade. This bill would bring New York State trafficking laws into alignment with federal legislation.
Recognizing that traffickers induce young victims to recruit other children for exploitation, this bill also creates an affirmative defense to protect these victims who are 19 and younger. The ultimate goal is to protect children, not incarcerate victims.
Children are major targets of human traffickers both because their exploiters find them easier to control than adults — and because they are in great demand by sex buyers.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: If you or someone you know may be a victim of trafficking, call 888-373-7888 or text “HELP” to 233-733.
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