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Sex trafficking victims call for tougher penalties in NY

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Trafficking victims are telling their stories to New York lawmakers to encourage them to pass legislation strengthening criminal penalties for forcing someone into sexual servitude.

Several young women spoke out in support of the bill Tuesday at the Capitol.

One 18-year-old New York City woman says she was kidnapped at age nine, sold into sexual slavery and forced to sleep in a locked closet. She says the bill would crack down on trafficking while making it easier for victims to get help.

Despite widespread support, the measure failed last year after being included in legislation that also contained a controversial abortion provision opposed by some senators.

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is sponsoring the trafficking proposal as a stand-alone bill this year. She says human trafficking must be addressed without delay.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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