New York law aims to protect trafficking survivors by making addresses private

The confidentiality program, once limited to domestic violence victims, allows survivors to hide home, school and work addresses

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK, Aug 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New York became the latest U.S. state on Thursday to allow survivors of human trafficking to hide their addresses, part of an effort to protect them from fear of renewed violence, the governor said.

Under the new law, victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking can participate in a confidentiality program that lets them keep their location private and use a substitute address provided by the state.

Survivors often try to avoid further violence by moving, and the new measure helps in case a trafficker or attacker tries to find them, officials said. Read more...