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Assemblywoman Pushes to End Human Trafficking in NY

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New York State is trying to put a stop to human trafficking.

A new bill is geared toward helping victims, increasing survivor access to services and increasing penalties for those convicted of trafficking offenses.

It's all part of the Women's Equality Act. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo outlines stricter penalties on trafficking is just the first step in the fight for equality and rights for women.

Assemblywoman donna lupardo said, "We've heard heart wrenching stories today from women who were brought to this county to New York state and were forced into servitude, human trafficking and this will increase the penalty and discourage that. More importantly it does open up the door for us and address women's issues."

Fighting human trafficking is just one of ten points to be approved from the women's equality act. Lupardo says other issues under the act include improving child care, paid family leave and domestic violence.