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Human Sex Trafficking Bill Introduced In Albany

Staten Island Advance

March 21, 2013

A bill that would hold sex traffickers accountable for their heinous acts and beef up prosecutions in New York state was introduced by Albany lawmakers Tuesday, including state Sen. Andrew Lanza.The legislation is imperative to protect the most vulnerable in society and end the re-victimization of trafficked people.

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Father, Son Acquitted In NY Of Sex Trafficking


June 19, 2013

A judge who heard prostitutes testify that a father-and-son pimp team made them feel like family cleared the two men of sex trafficking charges Wednesday. Sanctuary commends the prosecution for their courageous effort to convict the men as sex traffickers; the case provides a stark illustration of how traffickers operate, recruiting young, vulnerable girls with false promises of glamorous lifestyles.

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NY Legislative Spotlight On Human Trafficking

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

June 18, 2013

As the close of New York's legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation; awareness of the problem has resulted in the growth of public concern. This bill is incorporated in one of the ten points of Cuomo's Women's Equality Act, and Sanctuary Staff Attorney Emily Amick would prefer to see the entire package pass.

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Rights Group Push To Improve New York Sex Trafficking Law

Inter Press Service News Agency

June 13, 2013

Emily Amick, both Staff Attorney at Sanctuary and Legislative Director for the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, addresses the need for the law to evolve to protect society's most vulnerable. This month, New York's legislature will vote on the TVPJA to provide more protection and support to trafficking victims, while enforcing harsher punishments for the traffickers. 

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The Women's Equality Act—A No-Brainer For New York

Huff Post New York

June 12, 2013

One of the critical ten points of Cuomo's Women's Equality Act that is generating unwarranted controversy is the urgently needed improvements to New York's anti-trafficking laws, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) or Part H of the WEA. The testimony of a young sex trafficking survivor, supported by Sanctuary, generated a few tears at the June 4th rally as she described in heartbreaking detail the horrors of being held captive for years - in plain sight and with no protection - by her pimp who sold her for profit on the streets throughout New York City to an endless stream of men who purchased and serially raped her with impunity.

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