Four bills by New York State Senator Lea Webb (D-52), have been signed by Governor Hochul to fight against human trafficking. The comprehensive package of legislation signed into law will bolster protections against human trafficking in the state, and reaffirm the commitment to safeguarding vulnerable individuals and raise awareness on available resources.
Senator Webb serves as the Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee within the New York State Senate, which made a driving force to the legislative efforts, according to a release.
The four laws signed will now require Port Authority airports and bus terminals as well at truck stops and commercial airports to provide information that can be considered invaluable to human trafficking victims in lactation rooms at the facilities.
“As Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee in the New York State Senate, I was proud to sponsor these bills to aid in the fight against human trafficking,” said Senator Lea Webb. “This legislation will ensure information regarding services for human trafficking victims is posted in heavily visited locations that may serve as gateways for traffickers passing through with their victims, including lactation rooms in New York’s commercial airports and truck stops. It is imperative that we work together to address the issues of human trafficking of vulnerable New Yorkers, ensuring that victims can safely access help and find resources without fear of retaliation.”
Governor Hochul also signed a law to expand the New York State Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking.