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NYC Council Targets Sex Trafficking Cabbies

NYC Council Targets Sex Trafficking Cabbies

NYC Council Targets Sex Trafficking Cabbies Phil Davis, flickr

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Council Speaker says the bill is just the council's "first attack" against those who profit off the industry.

The New York City Council has passed a bill to strengthen penalties against cabbies who knowingly work with sex traffickers.

The Council on Wednesday approved the measure, which would impose a $10,000 fine on drivers who are convicted of a felony related to sex trafficking. The cabbies would also lose their Taxi and Limousine Commission license.

In addition, the bill would require that all taxi drivers watch a training video to help them learn how to identify and help victims.

The mayor is expected to sign the measure into law.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the bill is just the council's "first attack" against the people who profit off the industry.

She says 4,000 minors arrive at the city's airports each year only to become victims.