18 J.L. & Pol'y 817 (2009-2010)
The Next Step: The Future of New York State's Human Trafficking Law

handle is hein.journals/jlawp18 and id is 823 raw text is: THE NEXT STEP: THE FUTURE OF
NEW YORK STATE'S HUMAN
TRAFFICKING LAW
Marisa Nack*
INTRODUCTION
In March 2008, Woody Gaston, 22, approached a Queens,
New York teenager walking home from school.' Gaston lured
her back to his apartment with the offer of new clothes and a
trip to the beauty salon.2 He then held her captive for two
weeks, raped her, and forced her to have sex with almost 200
men.' Gaston advertised her services on Craigslist.4 The victim
was lucky enough to escape Gaston's apartment and contact her
aunt for help.' Gaston was arrested in June 2008.6
* J.D. Candidate, Brooklyn Law School, 2011; B.A.University of
Vermont, 2006. I would like to thank my parents for their support and
encouragement. Thanks to Steven Helfont, Victoria Lee, Sarah Castle and
Jon Sabin, as well as the entire Journal of Law and Policy staff, for their
feedback and contributions. A special thanks to Lauren Hersh and Anthony
Communiello, who generously offered me their time and valuable insights
into the real-life work done by prosecutors to combat sex trafficking.
Nicole Bode, Pimp First to Face Spitzer's Law, N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
June 18, 2008, available at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nycrime/
2008/06/18/2008-06-18pimp.firstto-face-spitzers-law.html.
2 id.
3 Id.
I Id. Craigslist is a popular Internet site that provides classifieds and
forums for housing, personal services, local community, and events. See
generally Craigslist Home Page, http://www.craigslist.org (last visited Mar.
23, 2010).
' Bode, supra note 1.
6 Id.

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