Governor signs Skoufis human trafficking bill

New York State Capitol building

ALBANY – One day after State Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall) called on Governor Kathy Hochul to sign his bill raising awareness of human trafficking in bars and restaurants, she put pen to paper on Wednesday.

The measure is aimed at giving bartenders the tools to know when someone may be trafficked.

As an incentive to restaurant owners, those who require their barkeeps to take a state course will receive a discount on their business insurance.

“Lawmakers shouldn’t stand by while New York consistently ranks fourth in the nation for prevalence of human trafficking,” Skoufis said. “Our legislation to empower bartenders to spot and stop this inhumane exploitation will protect countless victims of trafficking.”

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