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Policy Papers and Scholarship

As part of our work at the CSE Institute, we draft and share policy papers relating to key issues regarding best practices in addressing sex trafficking. Additionally, we publish academic scholarship in which the arguments regarding how best to address sex trafficking are more fully developed and explained.


Our policy papers can be downloaded below as PDF files.

Why “Safe Harbor” Full-Immunity is the Best Policy for Decriminalizing Child Victims of Sex Trafficking (PDF: 51 KB)

Why Victims of Sex Trafficking Should Not Be Forced to Engage Victim Services (PDF: 145 KB)

Why Focusing on Demand for Commercial Sex is an Effective Means to Deter Commercial Sexual Exploitation (PDF: 181 KB)

Why Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Does Not Bar Civil Lawsuits Brought By Sex Trafficking Victims Against Backpage.com (PDF: 203 KB)

Sex Trafficking and the Hotel Industry: Criminal and Civil Liability for Hotels and their Employees (PDF: 188 KB)

The Spring Valley High Incident: The Impact of Overpolicing in Schools on Female Students of Color (PDF: 350 KB)

Why Recidivism Provisions in the Crime of Prostitution Equate to Gender-Based Inequality and Should be Removed (PDF: 142 KB)


Our academic scholarship can be downloaded from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), by clicking on the links below.

Decriminalizing Victims of Sex Trafficking  – (see video of live presentation)

Sex Trafficking and Criminalisation

Rethinking Wolfenden: Prostitute-Use, Remote Harm, and Criminal Law

How to Argue About Prostitution



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