A.6823-C, Paulin /S.5988-B, Lanza: In relation to the sex trafficking of children

Published on June 8th, 2018

Memorandum of Support

The above-referenced legislation would eliminate the need to prove force, fraud, or coercion beyond a reasonable doubt in cases of children who are prostituted for sex by sex traffickers who are age 21 or older. This legislation builds on New York’s current anti-trafficking laws and gives prosecutors the tools they need to crack down on this horrendous crime, which is a grave assault on human dignity.

The New York State Catholic Conference supports this bill.

Recent news stories from various parts of New York State reveal that very young children continue to be lured and trapped by pimps, who sell their bodies for sex. Twelve-year-old children are clearly victims of the trafficking industry, and the law should treat them as victims. They should not be compelled, at great trauma, to testify against their traffickers to prove force, fraud or coercion.

This bill would align New York State law with federal law to ensure that any child under the age of 18 who engages in commercial sex is considered a victim of sex trafficking, and any person who promotes and benefits from exploiting such child is considered a sex trafficker.

The New York State Catholic Conference supported the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act which was signed into law in 2015, and we support this legislation to further remove barriers to prosecuting the predatory traffickers who sexually exploit children. We urge your favorable vote on this legislation.

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