Villanova University School of Law

Second Annual Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania

Our annual Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania (Spring 2017) is available for download now. The Report reflects on the Commonwealth’s progress since the passage of Act 105 (2014), and gives recommendations to further improve legal responses to CSE and human trafficking going forward. The Report also contains detailed summaries of five convictions secured under Act 105 as well as data on prostitution charges from each county in the state. We are honored to announce -in keeping with our commitment to center the experiences of survivors- the Report includes the story and wisdom of trafficking survivor Cat Rojas.

Download the Report now or visit our Resources webpage. »

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The CSE Institute has already partnered with more than 50 governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, addressing commercial sexual exploitation through training and technical assistance, as well as legislative and policy reform. We engage in multi-disciplinary collaboration to identify and implement effective solutions to complex, real world problems - providing a uniquely challenging and inspiring educational environment for our law school externs.

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Our Mission

We educate and provide technical assistance to those who respond to commercial sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania, the United States and beyond, promoting victim-centered, trauma-informed multidisciplinary collaboration.

We equip policy-makers and the broader community with the skills and knowledge they need to improve the legal system’s response to commercial sexual exploitation, in order to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.

We center the experiences of survivors to inform the development of policies and best practices to combat commercial sexual exploitation and are committed to engaging the survivor community in shaping our positions.

We aim to create a community in which every human being is treated with dignity, compassion, and respect inspired by Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s Catholic and Augustinian mission.