Cuomo: Fund Services for Sex-Trafficking Victims
Governor Cuomo just signed a law to help trafficked 16 and 17 year-old boys and girls. Now all teens under 18 will be treated like minors, not criminals, and will get help instead of jail time. Advocates have worked tirelessly for this law, which will ensure all those under 18 arrested for prostitution are treated as victims of sex trafficking and provided services to they need to rebuild their lives, instead of jail time and a criminal record that could keep them vulnerable to exploitation.
Now, we must ensure there is funding behind this law so these services can be implemented. To receive this funding, it MUST be included in the Governor’s Executive budget, which will be released within the next two weeks. Take Action!
Learn More about Human Trafficking
- NOW-NYC on Violence Against Women
- The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, first introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2012, was included in the Women’s Equality Agenda, which has not become law. This legislation will amend state law to better protect victims of human trafficking, making it easier to secure prosecutions in cases where the victim is a minor by aligning state and federal law. It’s time to secure a Women’s Equality Agenda for our state. Read more