Gallivan and Jacobs Announce Legislation

To Toughen Laws Against Child Sex Traffickers

Matt Moran
May 29, 2018 - 5:04 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Senators Patrick Gallivan and Chris Jacobs are calling on New York State Assembly to pass their co-sponsored bill that will make prosecuting child sex traffickers easier.

Currently New York is one of only two states in America where force, fraud or coersion must be proved in order to to find a person guilty of sex trafficking. In a lot of cases the only best way to prosecute, is for the child to testify against their abuser.

"That young child in many cases they might be their immigrants or refugees of some sort," Gallivan said. "They are unwilling to testify and they're not effective witnesses and we have problems with prosecution."

This new bill would eliminate these obstacles for the prosecution. The bills passed in the state senate on May 8. The senators believe this is a common sense bill that should be passed through assembly and signed into law by the governor.

"This needs to happen this year, this session," Jacobs said. "So we can do everything we can do proctect children and minor from predators and abuse."

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