Errigo Praises Legislation Targeting Sex Traffickers
Assemblyman Joseph A. Errigo (R,C,I,Ref-Conesus) praised legislation that would help local DAs more easily prosecute child-sex traffickers. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), would remove a provision in state law that forces prosecutors to prove an underaged victim was forced or coerced by the accused child-sex trafficker. Currently, federal child-sex trafficking laws don’t require a victim to prove he or she was forced into it.
“This legislation today is a tremendous step in our efforts to combat and eradicate child sex trafficking in New York and throughout the country,” said Errigo. “Each year children are taken from their homes to be sold for sex and there is no excuse that we as legislators cannot do more. This bill erases some of the difficulties faced by our District Attorneys in prosecuting these crimes and will undoubtedly make justice more attainable for its victims. I commend the Senate for their work on this issue and with the help of my colleagues in the Assembly, I am confident we can move towards ending sex trafficking in New York State.”
This bill, as well as a number of other bills aimed at protecting the public from known sex offenders and protecting the identities of victims and witnesses, has passed the Senate and will move to Assembly for further action.