De Blasio calls for end of criminal penalties for sex workers
Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting a more aggressive focus on stopping sex trafficking and gender-based abuses.
The mayor is creating a task force that will work on the health and safety needs of sex workers. He is also calling on New York state to end criminal penalties for sex workers.
De Blasio is also looking to combat gender-based violence. He is doing this by expanding prevention services, promoting housing stability and reducing law enforcement's involvement.
He says they will perform a citywide survey to support survivors and mandate training for NYPD officers.
"This is going to be a lot of work to do, but it's part of a huge set of reforms that are going to guide us into the future," de Blasio says.
The mayor says the City Council is also playing a big part in supporting the new reforms.