Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Prostituted Child or Victim of Trafficking?

I wanted to pass along a recent decision issued in New York City Criminal Court (The State of NY v. Samantha R.) in which the Court dismissed a charge of Loitering for the Purposes of Prostitution against a 16 year old defendant on its own motion in the interest of justice. The Court points out the various inconsistencies in the way the law addresses the minor, noting: "the law alternately regards [the defendant] as a child and an adult or quasi-adult. . .an 'exploited child' and possibly a 'victim.'” Happy to share the case with anyone interested.

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