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Petitioning All Pennsylvania legislators and 9 others

Pass a Safe Harbor Law in Pennsylvania so sexually exploited minors are not prosecuted.

117
Supporters

Safe Harbor laws can increase funding for specialized services like long-term housing, mental health care, educational support, and job training to help these children recover. Thirty-nine states lack these basic Safe Harbor protections – including Pennsylvania.

Letter to
All Pennsylvania legislators
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State House
and 7 others
Governor Thomas Corbett
State Senator John Wozniak
State Representative Scott Conklin
State Representative Michael Hanna
State Representative Kerry Benninghoff
State Senator Jacob Corman
Pennsylvania Governor
State Lawmakers
Dear State Legislator,

According to national estimates, there are 100,000 children in the commercial sex trade in the United States. All too often, these children are arrested and prosecuted for prostitution. However, they are kids, not criminals.

There are better policy approaches and better options, ones that literally save the lives of children and teens. Safe Harbor laws are that better option. These laws define these sexually exploited children as victims of abuse, help them find protection and support, and grant them immunity from prosecution for prostitution while they are under 18 years of age.

Safe Harbor laws should also increase funding for specialized services like long-term housing, mental health care, educational support, and job training to help these children recover. Thirty-nine states lack these basic Safe Harbor protections – including Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Nebraska, and Louisiana. And every state can do more to increase services for child victims of sex trafficking.

Safe Harbor laws help all of these children get the care they so desperately need.

I cannot believe any lawmaker—any person—would look at an abused 15-year-old and think: jail. We must do better. I am signing this petition to urge you to support these kids and support Safe Harbor laws to protect them. Thank you.