The June 2019 arrest of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has brought the issue of human trafficking into the news again. It is a good time to talk about how to refer to the victims and survivors of this evil.
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The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) is is proposed New York State legislation (A.506/S.7) sponsored by Assembly member Amy Paulin and Senator Andrew Lanza. TVPJA would improve New York State’s efforts to end human trafficking by enhancing protection for trafficking victims - particularly for sexually exploited children. The TVPJA increases accountability for buyers and traffickers who fuel this criminal industry and prevents re-victimization of trafficking victims by the justice system through the following measures:RECOGNIZING THAT BUYING CHILDREN FOR SEX IS CHILD ABUSE, DEFENDING TRAFFICKED PEOPLE FROM CRIMINAL PROSECUTION, STRENGTHENING CASES AGAINST TRAFFICKERS VIA WIRETAPS, ELIMINATING STIGMATIZING LANGUAGE.
The New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition is a group of organizations that have joined forces to increase public awareness of human trafficking in our communities, enact anti-trafficking laws, improve law enforcement response and increase social services to help people escape trafficking. New York is a leading entry, transit and destination point for trafficking victims. The New York Anti-Trafficking Coalition helped drive the passage of two momentous laws in New York State: The New York Anti-Trafficking Law and the Safe Harbor for Exploited Youth Act, and is now working to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act.