New York State would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal reintroduced in the state Legislature that would lift criminal penalties for sex work.

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A suspended Erie County sheriff's deputy appeared in Lancaster Town Court Tuesday, arraigned in connection with a prostitution case involving his wife.

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A big white Buffalo police van sat at the corner of West Delavan Avenue and Congress Street on Thursday. Police Chief Byron Lockwood and Mayor Byron Brown temporarily moved their offices there for the day to hear concerns from city residents.

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Opponents of bills to decriminalize prostitution in New York say it will only strengthen the worldwide sex trafficking industry and increase incidents of abuse in New York. Anti-sex trafficking groups and their allies spoke out at the state Capitol.

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A Florida police chief has announced that Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, will face charges of soliciting prostitution after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly in the midst of a sexual act.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced the charges on Friday as part of a sting on a local spa suspected of human trafficking and potential money laundering.

A Buffalo couple has pleaded guilty to managing a prostitution ring out of their Andover Avenue apartment.

Police arrest three in a prostitution ring bust

Jul 25, 2015

A Tonawanda massage parlor was the subject of a prostitution ring bust led by three women.

Prostitution targeted on Grant Street

Jun 12, 2015
Jeffrey Mayne

People who have visited Grant Street on Buffalo's West Side in recent weeks have probably spotted bright yellow signs that read: “Attention Johns, You are being watched.” 

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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul says there is no tolerance for anyone who doesn’t follow Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high code of ethics, and that includes officials at the State Thruway Authority.

Acting chair of the New York State Thruway Authority, Donna Luh, says she was never made aware of an investigation of high-level Thruway officials by the State Inspector General.

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Prostitution and related offenses are now being handled differently in Buffalo City Court. Chief Judge Thomas Amodeo on Thursday announced the start of the Human Trafficking Intervention Part.

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Buffalo City Court is adding another specialized court for human trafficking and prostitution cases as part of a statewide program.


A former New York State trooper who admitted to organizing parties with prostitutes while off-duty was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation and 300 hours of community service.

A pair of Rochester residents are in custody on allegations of prostitution at an Amherst hotel.

Thirty year old Otis Willis and 23-year-old Tiffany St. Denis each face 10 year prison terms on charges of sex trafficking of a minor. The couple were nabbed after attempting to prostitute a pair of teens this year in separate incidents.

The site used was a Red Roof Inn.

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An extensive investigation by local and federal authorities has nailed an Amherst man on sex trafficking charges.

Twenty-four year old Kenneth Graham faces ten years to life in prison for operating a prostitution ring that involved underage girls, some younger than 18.

The scheme had been operating since 2010, and at least one of the girls claims to have been kidnapped by Graham and forced to work for him.

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A New York state trooper has been suspended without pay amid allegations he organized parties that involved prostitution while off duty.

State police say in a statement that Trooper Titus Taggart was suspended on Thursday as a result of an internal investigation that began in December.

The statement says the probe is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Two other state troopers were also suspended without pay for allegedly engaging in misconduct.