Sex trafficking case shows need to pass Women’s equality bills

After the rescue of 105 teens in “Operation Cross Country,” a nationwide sweep targeting child sex trafficking, Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, called on the Assembly to return to Albany to pass the Women’s Equality Act.

The ten-point legislation was first introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June with the help of the Women’s Equality Coalition, a group of 850 organizations hoping to end gender discrimination across the state. One provision of the Women’s Equality Act would create an affirmative defense to a prostitution charge that the individual was a trafficking victim; increase penalties across the board for human trafficking and labor trafficking; create new offenses for johns of aggravated patronizing a minor; and create a civil action for victims of trafficking against their perpetrators.

Read the full story at the Legislative Gazette


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