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ICE Arrests 3 at Queens Court as Judge Says They Sought Trafficking Victim

(DNAINFO)  Katie Honan | June 17, 2017 — Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested three people outside the Queens Criminal Courthouse on Friday, with activists and the chief judge saying they also planned to arrest a woman from a court for human trafficking victims.

ICE agents were inside the courthouse looking for a young woman from China who was charged for working illegally as a masseuse, according to WNYC. 

She was being tried in human trafficking court, which aims to provide alternative sentences to possible sex workers — who are often victims of sex trafficking or other crimes, according to court officials.

Lawyers from Legal Aid protected the woman from ICE agents by asking the judge for bail so she could leave the courthouse, according to WNYC.

Rachel Yong Yow, a spokeswoman for ICE, confirmed they arrested three people outside of the courthouse from a “targeted enforcement action” but didn’t arrest anyone inside human trafficking intervention court.

She could not comment further on the nature of the enforcement action, or if ICE agents were inside the courthouse.

ICE policy directs agents away from enforcement in sensitive locations, unless they have prior approval from a supervisor of there are “exigent circumstances,” agency officials said.

Source: ICE Arrests 3 at Queens Court as Judge Says They Sought Trafficking Victim – Kew Gardens – DNAinfo New York