Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, recently voted to establish a task force on human trafficking.
Russell represents the “River District” of St. Lawrence County.
“The legislation we passed (A.5538-A) will lead to modifying protocols that will help law enforcement crack down on these criminals and save countless lives, especially young women,” Russell said.
“In addition, it will go a long way toward increasing public awareness, making it easier to investigate and pursue leads, while forming strong connections among those who have the most access to potential victims and their families,” she said.
“The disturbing and dangerous crime of human trafficking is a growing problem, including right here in the North Country. It is not easily detected – because of the traffickers’ ability to operate undetected,” she said.
The full text of the proposed law can be seen at assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A05538&term=2013&Text=Y.