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By Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

Sex trafficking is a lucrative criminal enterprise in which youthful looks are in high demand and actual children command top dollar. Yet, gaps in New York State's sex trafficking laws limit prosecutors' ability to convict traffickers of high-level felonies, making sex trafficking of children in New York a relatively low-risk proposition.

DA Vance sat down with Charlie Rose for a wide-ranging interview on conviction integrity, cybercrime, decriminalizing marijuana, and domestic violence, among many other topics.

“I support the Governor’s proposal, which would enable grand jury investigations of fatal police encounters with unarmed civilians to conclude with a report or Letter of Fact if an investigation ends without criminal charges. This change will provide greater transparency into cases of vital public interest. The proposed subsequent review by an independent monitor would add a level of scrutiny, thereby enhancing public confidence in the process itself. To the extent that errors are found in the grand jury presentation or new evidence is found to exist, the appointment of a special prosecutor will ensure that justice is served.”

“For far too long, the state has lagged behind the rest of the nation in the area of juvenile justice. It is a shameful fact that New York is one of only two states in the entire country in which 16- and 17-year-olds can be treated as adults in the criminal justice system. I was proud to serve on this commission under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, ‎and fully support its recommendations to enhance fairness and better address this population's special needs.”

In his role as the District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, Jr. sees himself as more than a prosecutor. He’s also a crime preventer, a problem solver, and protector of the most vulnerable crime victims.