Simotas human trafficking bill passes Assembly

A bill, designed to inform victims of human trafficking that help is available to them, passed the state Assembly last week.

The legislation, introduced by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), would require the state Office of Children and Family Services to create and make available posters that would let people know help is available to trafficking victims and that just one phone call to a special 800 phone number could set them free from servitude.

“This bill would put vital information in places where victims can see it and give them a chance to be saved from this atrocious form of modern-day slavery,” Simotas said. “We need to do everything possible to end this horrifying subjugation of human beings.”

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