Sex Trafficking

When disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a jail cell earlier this month while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, it was a stunning turn in a case about money, power and influence. A Vassar College history professor says the Epstein story is representative of systemic problems in American society and the justice system. Professor Dr. Mita Choudhury spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Duune about parallels she sees in other realms of society.

The trial of a New York man charged with luring women to Massachusetts and trafficking them for sex is expected to begin in the coming week.

WAMC Elizabeth Hill

With the legislative session in its final weeks, advocates and New York state lawmakers gathered at the capitol Tuesday to urge the state Assembly to pass the End Child Trafficking Act.