2022 Inquirer’s Vinny Vella on Philly PAD Exit Programs

Since 2019, police have piloted a special program in which women taken into custody for prostitution are immediately offered social services in lieu of criminal charges. The program,known as Police Assisted Diversion, or PAD, connects willing participants with the Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program. Through New Day, women receive help from finding housing to guidance on how to get protection-from-abuse orders from partners who exploit them.

Lancaster County? Really!

THE ISSUE: Three prostitution investigations in Lancaster County since 2018 involved law enforcement receiving sexual services. Shea Rhodes to LNP: I firmly believe a police officer should not engage in sexual activity to facilitate an arrest,” Rhodes told LNP. She said the sex act the Lancaster County detective paid for in the New Holland case is, by definition, illegal. “He committed the crime to create evidence,” Rhodes said.