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Widely publicized NYC sex trafficking hotline phone number has been wrong for over a year

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First Lady Chirlane McCray and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill Announce Expanded Resources to Combat Sex Trafficking. Credit: nyc.gov.

New York City’s war on sex trafficking is not as successful as it seems- the number for the so-called “sex-trafficking hotline” has been an incorrect number for well over a year.

NYC First lady Chirlane McCray unveiled a 24-hour tip line in 2017, claiming that the number will connect callers with a “specially-trained officer” and that calling the line will bring down the trafficking problem in the Big Apple.

However, the number in question does not go to the sex-trafficking line, but instead -in a bizarre twist of dark irony- is assigned to the Special Victims Division, which does not handle sex-trafficking cases (something reserved for the Vice Unit).

However if one were to get transferred to Vice, they may be told that they are supposed to call the original number, which begins the vicious telephone cycle all over again.

Discovering the blunder over the weekend, the New York Post drew attention to the issue amid a wave of sex-trafficking stories that have found their way into the forefront of the city’s consciousness.

To make matters worse, other hotlines in the city also seem to go to incorrect numbers, to include a “human trafficking” line that now sends the caller to the drug hotline.


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