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Name: Tandie Years old: 32

On March 21, year-old Steven C. Morrison of Leesport, Pennsylvania was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison, followed by two years of probation, for his role in sexually exploiting a woman he met on the streets of Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Several months prior, on February 5, a jury found Morrison guilty of four felony counts of promoting prostitution a third-degree felony and one count of possession of a controlled substance a misdemeanor. According to trial testimony reported by the Reading EagleMorrison met the woman on Penn Street in Reading, Pennsylvania back in Juneand asked her if she was looking for drugs and if she had heard of Back.

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Morrison took the woman back to a house with another girl and provided her with clothing and lingerie to wear in photos that he used to create online advertisements. He also provided her with a room and a phone that she used to set up dates with sex buyers.

District Attorney John T. Adams confirmed the raid was part of a federal investigation involving human trafficking and drugs.

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Authorities who were surveilling during the investigation saw Morrison drop the woman off at the hotel, followed the vehicle, and conducted a search while officers interviewed the woman in the hotel room. Morrison was on state parole when he committed the offenses and received credit for days time served.

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The CSE Institute applauds the anti-trafficking efforts carried out by multiple branches of law enforcement in this case. The CSE Institute encourages this approach and advocates for the adoption of the Nordic Modelwhich penalizes those who buy and sell persons for sex instead of punishing vulnerable and exploited women like the one in this case, who was clearly not reading pa prostitution an addict, but also a homeless person.

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Typically, prostituted persons are arrested at a much higher rate than those who buy sex or sell people for sex. It is refreshing that Morrison was arrested and prosecuted for his crimes, found guilty by jury of his peers, and ultimately sentenced to serve time for his crimes against the woman he prostituted and abused with controlled substances.

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It is important to understand that traffickers prey on and manipulate desperate and vulnerable women. According to Polaristraffickers recruit and exploit victims by using threats, lies or psychological coercion.

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In other cases, they may kidnap victims, engage in physical violence, or use substance abuse to control them. These reasons are often the motivations behind selling sex, if not to avoid violence or certain death at the hands of their trafficker. In this case, Morrison approached a woman on the streets who he knew was homeless and had a substance use disorder. This is the classic kind of predatory behavior traffickers use to lure reading pa prostitution into sex trafficking.

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Therefore, it is our position that the judge and defense attorney in this case engaged in victim blaming by insinuating that the woman Morrison preyed upon— whose vulnerabilities were exploited—was in any way responsible for the abhorrent and despicable acts of Morrison.

The CSE again emphasizes that prostituted persons are victims of commercial sexual exploitation who are best served through interventions with social services or exit strategies, rather than criminal punishment, judicial admonishment, or victim blaming of any kind. All views reading pa prostitution herein are personal to the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law or Villanova University.

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