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Misc. State Policy Resources

During its research the Renewal Forum came across a variety of different tools and resources that were being used by states in their fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. With the belief that this information is best when it is shared, please find the material listed below. In exchange for these resources, the Renewal ...

State Policy Responses

During its research the Renewal Forum came across a variety of different tools and resources that were being used by states in their fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. With the belief that this information is best when it is shared, please find the material listed below. In exchange for these resources, the Renewal ...

The Necessity of Safe Harbor Legislation and Its Implementation

In 2008 the New York State Legislature passed the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act, a critical law in the fight against child sex trafficking. The law has numerous provisions, but the primary function of the law is to prevent commercially sexually exploited children from being charged with prostitution. The legal basis is that a ...

NY Legislators Block Anti-Trafficking Bill in Order to Advance Political Goals

The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) has been blocked in the New York State Legislature for the second year in a row by lawmakers to further their political agenda. The TVPJA would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to investigate suspected traffickers, provide protection against criminal prosecution for trafficking victims, and increase the penalties for ...

The Merseyside Model

In 2006, police in Merseyside, England declared that crimes against prostituted persons were categorized as hate crimes. (Jacobs Ms.Magazine 2014) This policy has become known as the “Merseyside Model.” The Merseyside Model focuses on the protection of prostituted persons, as compared to other forms of enforcement against prostitution, which criminalize the victims of prostitution. (Navarro ...

Heather’s Story

At the age of thirty-six, Heather, a survivor of the sex trade, shares her story. By working with Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization focus on working with sex trafficking victims, she is now working towards her future goals and dreams. Though free from the sex trade, she continues to struggle finding jobs because of her ...

Florida’s Safe Harbor law is good, but needs more provisions for services.

In Florida, children can no longer be prosecuted for prostitution. With the Safe Harbor Act implemented in January, children should be sent to safe houses where they will receive treatments and protection from previous pimps. Though the Safe Harbor Act is a positive measure, there is a need for more safe houses for trafficked children. ...

An Examination of State Laws on Human Trafficking

This comprehensive paper looks at state laws on human trafficking and gives each state a letter grade based on four categories; criminalization, protecting victims, holistic help, and age of a minor. Download the paper here.