In response to the increasing number of human trafficking cases in New York, state lawmakers are set to prioritize legislation in the next session to address this critical issue. The proposed measures include eliminating the statute of limitations for sex trafficking crimes and allowing survivors a specific period to file civil lawsuits against their abusers.
New York, ranking among the top five states for human trafficking cases, held a public hearing in New York City to discuss the extent of the problem and the available support for survivors of both sex and labor trafficking.
Assembly Codes Committee Chair Jeffrey Dinowitz, a Bronx Democrat, sponsors the bill that seeks to remove the current five-year statute of limitations for sex trafficking crimes.
The bill, which echoes the principles of the Adult Survivors and Child Victims Acts, also proposes a one-year window for trafficking survivors to initiate civil action against their perpetrators. Despite unanimous Senate approval, the bill stalled in the Assembly.
The hearing witnessed testimonies from trafficking survivors and advocacy groups, stressing the need to end the statute of limitations for trafficking crimes, given that victims are often young children or teenagers.
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