New York added a Safe Harbor Law to protect young victims of Human trafficking and sexual abuse from being re-victimized by the criminal justice system when caught being prostituted. There are reasons these children are in these situations and they deserve help, not punishment. This law allows police officers and state workers to recognize these children as victims instead of criminals. This law allows these children to be forcably taken off the streets from their pimps and still is able to provide them with the comprehensive help that will desperatly need to recover from these crimes.
Often times, a child who is forced into prostitution will not leave her pimp because she has Stockholm syndrom, which is where the victim often loves and identifies with her abuser. This law will allow children to be put in "safe homes" where they can recover without the threat of jail or charges.
This is a child welfare issue and not a criminal justice issue. These pimps DO need to go to jail and be treatet as the criminals they really are. STOP revictimizing our children and start punishing the true criminals.
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