There are some 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in human history. Most are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and 80 percent are female. About half of the world’s trafficking victims are under the age of 18.
While New York State’s sex trafficking laws are among the most comprehensive in the nation, promoting prostitution in the first degree, compelling prostitution and sex trafficking are all classified here as non-violent felonies.
ALBANY— State Senate Democrats next week plan to revive legislation aimed at cracking down on illegal handguns — a bill that was shot down in the Legislature two years ago.The Democrats are set to begin a “sustained” push to require some bullet casings to carry unique markings — a process known as microstamping that is strongly backed by Mayor Bloomberg, an anti-illegal gun crusader.
ALBANY — A state senator from Queens is pushing for longer jail sentences for pimps.
Sen. Jose Peralta — with the strong backing of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and women’s advocates — has introduced legislation to reclassify sex trafficking as a violent felony and increase the minimum jail sentence to five years.
“We have to attack prostitution at all levels,” said Peralta, a Democrat whose district includes a prostitution-laden stretch of Roosevelt Ave.
New York City restaurants get letter grades and now the city food carts may get the same. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing legislation to require posted letter health grades for street vendors.
Ever wonder about the cleanliness of your favorite street food cart? State Senator Jose Peralta is proposing that street vendors be forced to post health department letter grades like the ones in restaurant windows.
State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.
State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) is introducing a measure this week that would require local health departments to come up with a letter-based scale similar to the city’s current restaurant-grading system, following a Post report on the worst of the wurst violators.
A community activist, a firefighter and an artist were among the seven people honored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as a part of Hispanic Heritage month.
The senator’s Oct. 12 celebration, held in the Unisphere Gallery of the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, recognized significant city leaders of Hispanic descent and featured music and dance originating from numerous Latin American countries.
Hispanic Heritage month is a nationally recognized holiday that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Job seekers lined up in Queens Thursday in hopes of landing a position in a rough economy. At least 1,100 people attended a job fair in Corona.Over 60 employers were on hand, looking to fill over 1,000 positions.
"There is nothing more important than getting jobs, and these individuals know it," said State Senator Jose Peralta.
"You know, it's hard to find a job, and a place like this is a great opportunity for people to find a job that's in desperate need of work," said one New Yorker."You get to see who you're dealing with, they can redirect you to where you need to go professionally," said another.
For decades, prostitution has plagued the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights and Corona in western Queens – with some authorities dubbing the area the new Times Square.
The borough ranks No. 1 in prostitution arrests in the city. Of the 3,229 prostitution-related arrests citywide last year, 1,474 were made in Queens, according to arrest statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
The 115th precinct — which covers Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst — accounts for the largest portion of those arrests.
At a public meeting on a plan he supported to allow outer-borough livery cabs, or car services, to pick up street hails, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) played the role of conflict mediator when the session turned into a heated debate in Corona.
After a representative from the Taxi and Limousine Commission gave a presentation outlining the plan, cabbies, base operators and other stakeholders present alternately jeered and cheered in both Spanish and English during a contentious 45-minute Q- and-A.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law last week banning the distribution of cards depicting naked or scantily clad women used to promote prostitution. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) in response to the proliferation of such cards along Roosevelt Avenue. “This is an important first step in what needs to become an all-out offensive against the prostitution problem and other quality-of-life issues that have long plagued Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said in a statement.
NUEVA YORK — El senador estatal José Peralta anunció en conferencia de prensa un proyecto de ley que pretende iniciar una ofensiva en contra del comercio sexual en la avenida Roosevelt, en el condado de Queens, específicamente en las áreas de Jackson Heights y Corona.
Peralta explicó que la propuesta tiene como principal objetivo frenar el "free delivery" de mujeres ofrecidas por proxenetas locales.
La ley plantea que los conductores de taxis que deseen obtener una licencia inicial o renovación posterior, deberán someterse a un programa educativo acerca del tráfico de mujeres para fines de explotación sexual.
State Senator Jose Peralta took aim at the prostitution industry this week.
The East Elmhurst Democrat introduced a bill that would require taxi drivers to be aware of the human trafficking business. He is also co-sponsoring legislation that would up fines and jail sentences for johns.
"We have to dispel the dangerous notion that prostitution is a victimless crime, " Peralta said.
"Many women from around the world and across the country are brought here and enslaved, forced to have sex with strangers for the profit of human traffickers and pimps.
The 10 portable classrooms outside Public School 19 in Corona, Queens, were supposed to be temporary.
Sixteen years later, they are still there, holding nearly double the elementary schoolchildren they were meant to and struggling with age. The heating system malfunctions in the winter, forcing students to sit through lessons wearing coats, scarves and hats.
In the main building at P.S. 19, there are monitors to keep order in the lines that form outside the bathrooms, and students’ trips are timed. The wait can be too long for some of the younger students.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Mobile Spay and Neuter van will visit the Jackson Heights community to help residents examine their pets at affordable pricing.
Co-sponsored by Assemblymember Michael DenDekker and State Senator José Peralta, the ASPCA event will be held on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a 3:30 p.m. pickup, outside DenDekker’s district office at 33-46 92nd Street in Jackson Heights.