In 2010, New York became the first state to pass a historic law enabling survivors of sex trafficking to vacate prostitution-related convictions. Unfortunately, this law neglects the various other illegal activities that traffickers often force their victims to commit, such as drug possession, trespassing, unauthorized street vending, and possession of a weapon.

The current law does not reflect the reality of trafficking. Passage of the START Act would help to decriminalize and destigmatize survivors of human trafficking.