New law will force cabbies to watch for sex trafficking

File of a New York City cab (AP Photo)

July 11, 2012 3:35:09 AM PDT
A new law set to take effect this fall in New York City will force cab drivers to be on the lookout for victims of sex trafficking.

Drivers who knowingly transport trafficking victims will lose their licenses and be subject to a fine of $10,000.

Sex trafficking by taxi is rare, but advocacy groups say that as police crack down on brothels, traffickers have adjusted and are now paying drivers more money to ferry victims to the customer.

The city plans to train taxi drivers to spot clues.

But many divers don't like the idea, saying they are being unfairly targeted and questioning how police can even enforce the law in the first place.

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