District Attorney Charles Hynes has set up an elite unit at his office in Downtown Brooklyn specifically dedicated to combating human trafficking. “There are few more despicable crimes,” he stated and acknowledged that this is “growing problem” in Brooklyn.
The recent arrests of trafficking ring gang members who recruited young girls from local high schools was a major turning point in the local fight against this crime and the additional indictments of Gambino crime family members who allegedly sold girls as young as 15 into prostitution indicate that law enforcement officials are now making it a priority. Hynes stated that the DA office will “do everything possible to ensure lengthy prison sentences.”
Human trafficking is the one of the most profitable illicit businesses in the world, the Polaris Project estimates that 27 million children and adults worldwide are victims and New York is one of the major international hubs for this crime. State legislation to protect victims was enacted in 2007 and now there is a 24-hour hotline for victims and tipsters: (718) 250-2770.