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Albany County DA to post sex patrons online
ALBANY -- The Albany County District Attorney said Tuesday, that his office is rolling out a new effort to combat sex trafficking in Albany County.
I believe I was saved for a reason, to be a voice that would be heard, that sex trafficking is real. Its real and its everywhere, said a woman named Christine. She is a survivor of sex trafficking.
She said she was held hostage and forced into prostitution in Southern Florida.
We do not want this economy to thrive in Albany County, said District Attorney David Soares.
DA Soares said that sex trafficking is an issue in Albany County. He said prosecutors have been going after the sex traffickers already, but now his office will also be going after the trades demand. On Tuesday, he rolled out a new website, called Frontpage.
If you are a John, patronizing in Albany County, you can expect your face also on this screen for the world to see, he said as he showed reporters the new website.
DA Soares said the website is also aimed at community education and reaching victims.
The county, and advocates, want victims to know help is available and that justice can be served.
There's a healing, theres a wonderful sense of success, if they held someone accountable, said Karen Ziegler, the Director of the Albany County Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center.
The DA said that prosecutors cant do that, without courageous victims, like Christine who step forward.
I will speak to the death of me if it means I can give hope to at least one person, said Christine.
DA Soares said this is the first step in this effort. The second phase will be announced in the coming weeks.
You can visit website here.