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Bronx District Attorney's Office cracks down on human traffickers

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The Bronx District Attorney's office says it isn’t playing games when it comes to cracking down on human traffickers in the Bronx.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark tells News 12 The Bronx that her office has seen an uptick in human trafficking cases, and now they're focusing differently on it.

The DA's office handled 220 cases last year involving patronizing a prostitute. The office says 47 people were indicted for sex trafficking offenses in the Bronx in the beginning of 2019.

The alleged traffickers are now facing felony charges.

Clark says herself and her team helped changed a law in the state that made prostituting or having sex with a minor a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

She also says a judge is dedicated to human trafficking cases in the Bronx once a week, which started six years ago.

The DA's office says it’s working on a unit within the office to focus on trafficking cases.

January marks Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

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