Today, Governor Cuomo signed the Sex Trafficking of a Child bill into law. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. attended the bill signing, and said:
“Finally, New York State’s penal laws now reflect the reality that a child sold for sex is a victim of sex trafficking, plain and simple. Today, New York codified what’s simply commonsense: if a child is too young to consent to sex, she is too young to consent to prostitution. With this legislation, we will hold more predators accountable for profiting from the exploitation of the most vulnerable among us, and reduce the trauma associated with testifying about the violent and coercive acts they endured.
“I commend Governor Cuomo for signing this bill into law, and I am deeply grateful to Assemblymember Paulin, Senator Lanza, Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Flanagan, and all of the advocates who have fought so hard on behalf of sex trafficking survivors. This law will have a significant and immediate impact on my Office’s prosecutions, and on prosecutions across the state for years to come.”