Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law January 10, 2014 that will afford 16- and 17-year-old victims of sex-trafficking the same protection as those currently given to younger victims.
The law is designed to prevent the re-victimization of children by providing them with services instead of jail time.
Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, who co-sponsored the bill with Sen. Andrew Lanza, R-Staten Island, said she was “ecstatic” over the new law.
“It’s a landmark legislation that will help young women who are confronting sexual exploitation. They will be treated as victims as they should be and get the help they need to go on with their lives,” Paulin said. “It is unacceptable that they should be arrested for prostitution and tried in criminal court.”