Family Research Council

The Big Apple is taking a bite out of crime


By Tony Perkins
October 09, 2013

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The Big Apple is taking a bite out of crime: One that impacts women and young girls. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. The State of New York recently announced that they are going to be setting up special courts to handle prostitution and human trafficking cases. According to officials, 300,000 children are at risk of falling victim to some form of commercial sexual exploitation. Going forward, all prostitution cases will be referred to the trafficking court, where young victims can receive the counseling and resources to help them escape their traffickers. If victims comply, then the charges against them will be dropped. New York and twelve other states have Safe Harbor laws to help aid victims of human trafficking. "While these prostitution cases are criminal in every sense," Judge Jonathan Lippman said, the special courts will make sure that "there will be no further victimization of these defendants." Let's hope that other states take note.

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