Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ATTENTION: BK DA Hynes Establishes Sex Trafficking Unit

The Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has launched a community outreach campaign aimed at educating the public about sex trafficking and offering help to victims. Sex trafficking exists in Central Brooklyn, and its victims are often girls between the ages of 13-15, and/or undocumented immigrant girls and women. DA Hynes has taken a hard approach against this crime by establishing a Brooklyn Sex Trafficking Unit- or BK STU- to work with victims of sex trafficking.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, please contact BK STU at (718) 250-2770. You are not at risk of being punished due to documentation status. If you have any further questions about the program in general, please contact the office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.


Sex Trafficking Must End said...

This is great news! Good for Hynes for establishing this kind of initiative. It's interesting how now that 'sex trafficking'is a buzzword in the media, it is easier for people to get onboard to fight underaged and forced prostitution.

Aja Worthy-Davis said...

Good point. I think it's partly about bringing attention to the issue ('sex trafficking' seems more insidious than 'prostitution', if only because we hear the phrase so often associated with international prostitution rings and developing nations). But I also think it's important to acknowledge the difference between prostitution that stems from an individuals circumstances, and the women living in America that are kidnapped, mentally/emotionally abused, or otherwise forced into this lifestyle who are often undocumented immigrants and/or underaged girls. We need to realize that sexual trafficking exists in our own backyards.