Harrisburg, Pa


As part of our work at the CSE Institute, we periodically create resources to assist us in our education of the general public. Feel free to use and share our resources to help educate and advocate against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Please note that the contents of these resources in no way constitutes legal advice. For questions about individual cases and for technical assistance, please contact our Director, Shea M. Rhodes, Esq. at shea.rhodes@law.villanova.edu or 610-519-7183.


Our resources can be downloaded below as PDF files.

Act 105 Law On The Books

Act 105 Venn Diagram

Act 130 (2018): Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children

Can a Prosecution still be Pursued if the Criminal Act Predates the Enactment of the TVPA and 18 U.S.C. §1591?

Eliminating the Loophole and Holding Police Accountable: Making it a Crime for Police to Engage in Sexual Contact and Acts with Persons in Their Custody 

Prosecution, Prevention, Protection: Act 105 (2014): PA’s Comprehensive Anti-Human Trafficking Law

Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania (Spring 2016)

Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania (Vol. 2) (Spring 2017)

Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania (Vol. 3) (Spring 2018)

Report on Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Pennsylvania (Vol. 4) (Spring 2019)

Pennsylvania Safe Harbor Legislation Basics

Pennsylvania Safe Harbor: Myths vs. Facts

Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Law 101

Pennsylvania Analysis of Penalties for Buying Sex

National Demand Analysis and Model Legislation (April 2017)

Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Can Inadvertently Violate the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Pennsylvania Law When Engaging in a Coercive Parallel Process to Traffickers

Applying Attorney-Client Privilege in Human Trafficking Cases (May 2017)

Legislative Analysis of Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (“FOSTA”)

SESTA: A Narrow Exception to the CDA that Fulfills its Intended Purpose 

Legislative Analysis of H.R. 295 – End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2019

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