SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is set to take part in the panel on "The Global and Local Atrocity of Sex Trafficking" on April 2 at the Scarsdale Public Library.
The program, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 2, will feature Sarah Porter of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, Pound Ridge police chief David Ryan, Program Director of Westchester County Social Services Philip Goldstein and Stuart Perrin, the author of Little Sisters.
This discussion aims to "shine a light on this growing multi-billion dollar industry in which children are being commercially sexually exploited every day," representatives said.
"The public will learn that sex trafficking occurs in our own backyards and throughout the rest of the State, and is not limited to a particular ethnicity, race or socio-economic class," representatives said. "It is not a crime that only involves immigrants or transporting individuals across state lines or countries. Traffickers prey upon our most vulnerable – our children."
Paulin is the author of the law that was signed into law earlier this year that allows criminal courts to treat as Persons in Need of Supervision youth who are 16 and 17 years old arrested for prostitution so that they can get access to specialized services. She is also the author of the comprehensive bill, the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, that would increase penalties for traffickers and buyers of sex from children and give prosecutors the investigative tools they need to build cases against those in the prostitution business.
“I have fought long and hard to get the TVPJA passed,” Paulin said. “It’s a bill that builds on our collective efforts to end human trafficking by increasing accountability of the real criminals, the buyers and traffickers who continue to fuel the growth of this massive, disgusting industry. We must do everything we can to prevent the re-victimization of trafficking victims by the justice system and give these victims the help they need to rebuild their lives.”