Gary Craig of the Democrat and Chronicle had an interesting look today at the state’s 2007 sex trafficking law, which has gotten off to something of a slow start but is showing signs of ramping up.
In 2007, New York legislators approved one of the more expansive sex trafficking laws in the country — a law that, outside of New York City, has rarely been used.
Through late March there had been 145 sex trafficking arrests in New York under the bill signed into law in 2007 — and all but 13 were in New York City.
That means 91 percent of the arrests occurred in New York City, and only one person has been convicted for sex trafficking outside of the city.
Experts say there are multiple reasons why the law has so rarely been wielded: It is still a relatively new tool; many cases end up in federal court; and trafficking investigations can be difficult to build, especially because of reluctant victims.
“I think it’s a really slow process, but I do think we’re moving in the right direction,” said Lauren Hersh, a Brooklyn assistant district attorney who has been one of the state’s leaders in sex trafficking prosecutions.
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