Prostitution in New York State

New York has often been a leader in proposing rights-based legislation related to human trafficking, sometimes chipping away at the harms of criminalization. In 2010, New York became the first state in the country to pass a law allowing vacatur of convictions for survivors of human trafficking, a law that has served as a model for the now dozens of other states that have passed similar laws.

A9704A/S8107A, sponsored by Rep. Amy Paulin (D) in House and Brad Hoylman (D) in Senate, would eliminate from the penal code the crime of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense, PL § 240.37.