At a 2015 church group discussion in Levittown, Pennsylvania on survival sex, sex work and sex trafficking, I was asked to compare and contrast  the philosophy of the (new in 2014) Villa Nova Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and that of another well-known human rights legal advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Villa Nova has been quoted as supporting CEASE style “End Demand” or “Abolition” via  justice and social service based “rescue” intervention.

I contacted SPLC, finding out their view is much more in line with sex workers rights as human rights than what is currently available here in Pennsylvania:

“It is SPLC’s position that consensual sex work and forced commercial sex (sex trafficking) should not be conflated. 

SPLC is a member of the Freedom Network, which has very informative position papers on the subject.”