Song’s death comes seven months after the NYPD pledged to arrest fewer people on prostitution charges — part of a larger initiative to build trust, particularly in immigrant communities, even as President Trump’s immigration policy stokes fear of deportation. Song had been previously arrested in Queens on September 27, 2017. Her case was referred to the Queens human trafficking court, which handles prostitution-related cases. Her next court date was scheduled for December 1.
“After Deadly Vice Sting, Advocates Say End To Prostitution Arrests Is Long Overdue” by Emma Whitford and Melissa Gira Grant for The Appeal
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