Philadelphia Convention Center 106AB

Presentation: Friday 10/5/2018 10:45 AM

Outlawed in California, New York, and Washington D.C., since 2012 Pennsylvania prosecutors have been using Comstock Act era tactics in an effort to detain prostitutes to combat trafficking. Is charging individuals for Instruments of Crime (IOC) effective policing tactic in ending human trafficking; or is contributing to challenges in addressing important public health risks surrounding HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and sexually transmitted diseases? Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are combining forces for important advocacy work to draw attention to these practices.

  • Melanie Dante Goddard College HAS MA, SWOP Behind Bars
  • Jessie Sage MA, University of Pittsburgh Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • PJ Sage PhD Sociology University of Maryland, SWOP Pittsburgh
  • Gabrielle Monroe

Tracks: Legal Issues