New York law gives trafficking victims fake address option

New York’s governor has approved a law allowing human trafficking victims to hide their address from offenders.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure on Thursday. He said it will protect survivors from “further abuse” by shielding their addresses from public view.

The law takes effect in 90 days and also applies to victims of stalking and sexual offenses. Those victims can use a substitute address from the New York’s Department of State instead of their work or home address.

Cuomo’s office said domestic violence victims were previously the only survivors eligible for the department’s confidential address program.

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