Sex Trafficking Law

To the Editor:

“Sex Trafficking Arrests Are Few, Despite Laws” (news article, Dec. 4) highlights the limits of legislation — and the need for more effective enforcement. In New York City, we are attacking the problem by enlisting everyone who may be able to intervene.

For instance, we are training workers at our Family Justice Centers, which support victims of domestic violence, to identify possible victims of trafficking. We are enlisting other service providers, as well as law enforcement personnel, by creating a comprehensive resource directory.

We are involving the public through a new ad campaign that will raise awareness about trafficking. And perhaps most important, we are asking judges to use their leverage in the sentencing process to ensure that more tragically exploited victims are provided with the critically important support services they need.

We recognize that there is still much to do in the fight against human trafficking, and reading your heartbreaking report only hardens our resolve.

John Feinblatt
New York, Dec. 8, 2009

The writer is Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s criminal justice coordinator.


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