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In 2014, Pennsylvania enacted Act 105, permitting judges to vacate certain criminal convictions that are an outgrowth of sexual exploitation. For many vulnerable populations, sexual exploitation is common and can lead to individuals becoming addicted to drugs, being physically threatened and harmed, and other life-threatening circumstances. Too often, those who experienced exploitation ended up in the juvenile or criminal legal systems. Years and even decades later, their records can prevent them from accessing jobs, housing, education and can even impact their ability to keep their families together.

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