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News stories tagged with "human-trafficking"

Human trafficking bill caught up in legislative standoff

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Unless one side budges, a bill to combat human trafficking could again become a casualty to a standoff in the New York Legislature.

The legislation to increase penalties for sex traffickers passed the Senate unanimously on Thursday.  Go to full article

Trafficking victims to call for tougher penalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Human trafficking victims are gathering at the New York Statehouse to urge lawmakers to pass tougher punishments for those convicted of forcing others into sexual servitude.

Young women and girls are expected to speak out Tuesday in favor of legislation that would make the penalties for having sex with an underage human trafficking victim the same as those for raping a minor.  Go to full article

Preview: "Fatal Promises" at SUNY Potsdam

Fighting for the abolition of modern day slavery is the subject of a new film that will be show at SUNY-Potsdam Thursday afternoon. Filmmaker Kat Rohrer will show and discuss her latest documentary, Fatal Promises. The film contains interviews with U.S. State Department, Congress, law enforcement officials and experts involved in the so-called war against human trafficking and modern day slavery, such as activist Gloria Steinem and actor Emma Thompson.

Kat Rohrer spoke with Todd Moe about her film, which she hopes will give a voice to modern day slaves.  Go to full article
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827

Exploring New York's slave legacy, past and present

This morning in Lake Placid, teachers and historians and activists begin a two-day conference to talk about slavery.

New Yorkers played a big role in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, financing and profiting from an industry that ruined the lives of more than 12 million Africans.

Slave-owning wasn't banned in this state until 1827. Modern-day activists say human trafficking and exploitation is once again on the rise.

Martha Swan is with a group called John Brown Lives.

She told Brian Mann that this conference, which is open to the public, will explore the history and present-day reality of slavery.  Go to full article

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