Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13, the founder and director of UB’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project, is quoted in a Baltimore magazine story, “Children of the Night: Sex trafficking is Maryland’s dirty open secret.”
Emerson seeks stronger vacatur laws in Maryland. Vacatur is a process that allows people to remove prostitution convictions from their record if they can persuade a judge that they were forced or coerced into prostitution.
“Right now women are required to get approval from the local State’s Attorney’s Office that prosecuted them before their convictions can be removed,” Emerson said. “There are just too many hoops to go through. These charges hinder efforts at finding housing and jobs, and can lead back to prostitution or other criminal activity.”