Victims in Sex Crimes cases can involve the Safe harbor for sexually exploited children. The criminal justice system is based entirely around the defendant. The defendant and not the victim has rights in the criminal justice system. child endangerment Throughout the history of our criminal justice system the victims of the crime were not really paid attention to unless they were needed in order to testify. That has changed over the years and many victim’s rights bills have been passed at the federal level with the states following suit. One of the bills that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed to focus on victim’s rights is the safe harbor for sexually exploited children statutes. The main statute is defined under section 3061 of the Pa criminal code and it establishes that the state must provide services for children who have been sexually exploited. Services such as housing, education, medical treatment, and therapy are all the types of services that sexually exploited children can choose to participate in which will all be provided by funds from the state.

In order to further protect the victims of Sex Crimes, section 3065 dealing with Safe harbor for sexually exploited children, protects individuals who were determined to be under the age of 18 and who were determined to be sexually exploited, from prosecution of certain crimes. rape These crimes include obstructing highways and passages, along with crimes related to prostitution. This protection from prosecution was established in hopes that children who are sexually exploited would feel safe that they won’t get in trouble for their actions and will hopefully lead law enforcement to who has been exploiting them. It is important to note that there are a number of different exceptions from this immunity. Essentially if the individual tries to interfere with investigations of crimes that they are not protected from prosecution of, then they also lose the protection from prosecution of their prostitution related charges as well. The safe harbor for sexually exploited children act is a good step in trying to help individuals who are being sexually exploited. It is also one of many other statutes that have given more rights in the criminal justice system to the victim.