Trafficking victims have told their stories to New York lawmakers Tuesday at the Capitol to encourage them to pass legislation strengthening criminal penalties for forcing someone into sexual servitude.
One 18-year-old New York City woman told how she was kidnapped at age nine, sold into sexual slavery and forced to sleep in a locked closet. She says the bill would crack down on trafficking while making it easier for victims to get help.
A couple from New York is under arrest out west on human trafficking charges. A Utah newspaper reports Tara Pinnock of Albany, was arrested Monday for investigation of human trafficking along with 26 year old Jean Joseph, of Valley Stream, the couple was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of human trafficking, kidnapping, aggravated assault and rape. Police believe Joseph kidnapped a 23-year-old woman in New York City about
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children. Albany played host to a conference on human trafficking Wednesday.
The event at the University at Albany’s downtown Milne Hall was co-hosted by the college's School of Social Welfare and the State Office of Children and Family Services. Its purpose: to raise awareness about human trafficking and increase knowledge among students and community members.
A task force chaired by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a series of recommendations today for combating and preventing human trafficking.
The report from the Massachusetts Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force urges expanding victims services programs and setting up “safe houses” for people trying to escape from the underground sex trade, which Coakley said remains a lucrative business for its purveyors.
As the close of New York's legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation. If you search "New York Sex Trafficking" on Google news, you'll find more than 12,000 recent articles. Awareness of the problem has resulted in the growth of public concern.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his proposed Women’s Equality Act, wants to enact policy changes that will increase penalties for human trafficking and make it easier for sex trafficking victims—especially minors— to avoid being prosecuted for prostitution. And some groups have ideas about how the state’s trafficking laws could be strengthened.