Assemblymember Paulin said: “We know that sex traffickers often bring victims to hotels to meet up with men, who pay the traffickers for sexual services. Training hotel staff to spot and report signs of sex trafficking therefore is critically important. If employees know what to look for, they are more likely to identify red flags of trafficking and ultimately help victims out of their horrendous situations. I thank New York State Senator Shelley Mayer for her advocacy and Governor Hochul for once again making New York State a model for fighting sex trafficking.”
The law requires employees to be trained on the nature of human trafficking, how human trafficking is defined by law, how to identify human trafficking victims, relief and recovery options for survivors, and social and legal services available to victims. Programs are subject to approval by the Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in conjunction with the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking.
This law became effective on July 20, 2022