We must all join the fight against human trafficking

We’re talking about our children here.

Nine, 10, 11, 12 years old. 14-year-old girls. 15-year-old boys.

The most vulnerable. The most easily exploited by adults.

Their lives thrown into turmoil through domestic abuse and unsafe foster homes and poverty and drugs.

We’re talking about the sex trafficking of our children, the new slaves of the 21st century.

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SAFE Inc. of Schenectady gets grant to fight sex trafficking

SCHENECTADY COUNTY — The efforts of SAFE Inc. of Schenectady haven’t gone unnoticed, and the state Office of Children and Family Services is helping the organization expand its mission.

The local organization has worked with the county Department of Social Services to end youth homelessness and sexual exploitation in the area since 1985, and the state OCFS is providing funding to help: a $90,000 grant to further address trafficking and exploitation of youth in Schenectady County.

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Sex trafficking an alarming reality in region

CAPITAL REGION — Slavery isn’t just a thing of the past.

Human trafficking, or forcing a person through fraud or coercion to engage in commercial sex acts or labor services, is the most common form of modern-day slavery, according to

SAFE Inc. of Schenectady, with the county Department of Social Services, works every day to end youth homelessness and sexual exploitation in the area.

“People often mistakenly think sex trafficking is just overseas and in major cities, but it’s right here,” said Melanie Puorto-Conte, SAFE’s resource developer and the former director of suicide prevention initiative with the state Office of Mental Health. “It’s here, and it’s been here a long, long time.”
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New York State Safe Harbor Law
Visit this link to learn more about what NYS is doing to combat Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation

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