ALBANY, N.Y. — The State Assembly is now moving forward with the Women’s Equality Agenda, but not as a package of bills, instead splitting them up for individual approval.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie gathered with fellow democrats and advocates to express support for the first agenda item which would combat human trafficking. It’s aimed at better protecting victims, expanding access to services for survivors and strengthening criminal penalties those convicted of trafficking offenses.
Officials said it’s a $32 billion global industry.
“I was still exploited, sold. And it hurts so much. It hurt to the core of my being. And I felt alone, violated, that there is no hope for me,” said one victim, Adina, who spoke out Monday.
The State Senate already broke up the Women’s Equality Agenda earlier this session. It passed nine of the ten bills, all but abortion.
The Assembly will take up and pass the human trafficking bill Monday.