Learn about PA HB262

We are grateful for Rep. Baker’s efforts to eliminate sex trafficking and commercial exploitation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with House Bill 262. At this time, HB 262 contains stipulations that cause undue harm to those employed at adult entertainment establishments and lack evidence-based approaches to ending trafficking and exploitation. 

Efforts to fight human trafficking in the sex industry should include sex workers as key stakeholders.

We can not solve the problem of human trafficking without investing in developing safe, equitable work options for women and girls.

Please find recent media coverage on HB262 below:








Research on human trafficking and exploitation in the sex industry:

Agustín, L. M. (2007). Sex at the margins: Migration, labour markets and the rescue industry. Zed Books.

Ahmed, Aziza. “Trafficked? AIDS, Criminal Law and the Politics of Measurement.” University of Miami Law Review 70, no. 1 (2015): 96-251.

Curtis, R., Terry, K., Dank, M., Dombrowski, K., Khan, B., Muslim, A., … & Rempel, M. (2008). The commercial sexual exploitation of children in New York City. New York: Center for Court Innovation.

Dank, M. et al. (2015). Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex.

Gragg, F., Petta, I., Bernstein, H., Eisen, K., & Quinn, L. (2007). New York prevalence study of commercially sexually exploited children. New York: New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Hyland, K. E. (2001). The impact of the protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children. Human Rights Brief, 8(2), 12.

Jana, Smarajit, Bharati Dey, Sushena Reza-Paul, and Richard Steen. “Combating human trafficking in the sex trade: can sex workers do it better?.”Journal of Public Health 36, no. 4 (2014): 622-628.

Koyama, E. (2011). War on Terror & War on Trafficking: A Sex Worker Activist Confronts the Anti-Trafficking Movement. Conference Publications.

Stoltz, J. A. M., Shannon, K., Kerr, T., Zhang, R., Montaner, J. S., & Wood, E. (2007). Associations between childhood maltreatment and sex work in a cohort of drug-using youth. Social science & medicine, 65(6), 1214-1221.

Young Women’s Empowerment Project (2011). Girls Do What They Have To Do To Survive: Illuminating Methods used by Girls in the Sex Trade and Street Economy to Fight Back and Heal. Retrieved from http://ywepchicago.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/girls-do-what-they-have-to-do-to-survive-a-study-of-resilience-and-resistance.pdf

Young Women’s Empowerment Project (2012). Denied Help! How Youth in the Sex Trade &  Street Economy are Turned Away from Systems Meant to Help Us & What We are Doing to Fight Back. Retrieved from https://ywepchicago.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/bad-encounter-line-report-20121.pdf

2 thoughts on “Learn about PA HB262

  1. Really important post. Keeping all workers safe is essential. See Amnesty International’s May 2016 Policy Brief for specifics on sex worker inclusion in decisions affecting their lives, and the need for their privacy to be protected, not exploited, by governing authorities.

  2. From the 2016 Amnesty International Policy Brief:

    “LAW AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT BY GOVERNMENTS The rights of all sex workers to participate without discrimination in decisions affecting their lives must be respected. In establishing laws and policies relevant to sex work, whether they relate to entry, participation or exit, governments should ensure the meaningful participation and consultation of sex workers, including, in particular current sex workers. Participation must involve sex workers from marginalized groups and those facing discrimination on the basis of, for example, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, caste, ethnicity and Indigenous identity. To be effective, such consultation must allow participation of sex workers in a way that permits anonymous engagement and other measures required to protect them from criminalization, retaliation, or harm. The consultation process should also ensure effective access to information and resources to allow meaningful engagement.”

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