NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services is launching a program to help young people get rid of gang-related tattoos.

Former gang members often can’t afford to remove them, so tattoo removal will be free.

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The service will also be offered to victims of sex trafficking who were branded by their captors.

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The ACS said the goal is to help young people move on with their lives.

“No young person should be forced to go through life with a permanent mark of exploitation and abuse on their body,” Commissioner David Hansell said in a statement. “We are thankful to the committed medical professionals who have offered pro-bono services to help some of the most vulnerable children in New York City. The NYC Child Tattoo Eradication Network will be a completely confidential program designed to limit the trauma inflicted on these children by abusers and gangs.”

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