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Imagine you know is bought and sold.
For sex. This is sex trafficking. To our neighbors. Sex trafficking is the sale of a person for sex or sexual acts. Traffickers use violence, threats, and manipulation to control their subjects. As one pimp said:. Sex trafficking is not only a human rights violation, but also a public health crisis and a personal tragedy.
Minneapolis is one of the top locations in the U. A six-month study by local prosecutors found over 34, advertisements posted online for sex in the Twin Cities. But sex trafficking is not just a Twin Cities problem. Trafficking affects people from all parts of Minnesota. An online sting in southwest Minnesota led to the arrest of 48 individuals.
Sex traffickers are master manipulators. They target vulnerable people, including kids, people who are chemically addicted, young mothers with children, and people who have a history of abuse, neglect, or mental health challenges. Sex traffickers may get victims hooked on drugs to control them. One national study found that being homeless for longer than 30 days was the single biggest factor for teens to become sexually exploited. These children often get involved in sex trafficking as a form of survival. Many of these children leave home in the first place because of drug abuse, physical abuse, incest, or other dysfunction in their families.
The Minnesota Legislature enacted a Safe Harbor Law so that minors who are exploited by sex trafficking are not treated as criminals. The Safe Harbor Law also provides services, resources, and shelter for people up to the age of 24 who have been sex trafficked.
The law also increased the penalties for sex trafficking. Sex traffickers face up to 20 years imprisonment for traffickingup to 15 years for trafficking an adult, and up to 25 years for child trafficking involving an aggravating factor, such as causing the child physical injury. Because child victims are no longer treated as criminals, they are more willing to come forward and testify against perpetrators without fear of criminal reprisal. Since the enactment of the Safe Harbor Law, Minnesota law enforcement agencies have doubled the of sex trafficking convictions. Inan offender charged under state law received a sentence of 58 years in prison for trafficking seven women in the Twin Cities.
Federal authorities are also working to curb sex trafficking. In one sting, the Federal Bureau of Investigation rescued children and arrested pimps in 76 cities nationwide, including four alleged pimps in the Twin Cities. People who fall prey to sex traffickers need help.
Many people and businesses are in the position to recognize these s. For example, healthcare officials are among the most likely community members to come in contact with trafficked individuals. So are hotels. But here are some things we can all watch out for:.
Contact the appropriate Safe Harbor Regional Navigator. Information for each regional office is available one the Safe Harbor website. Many trafficked individuals are in need of shelter and resources. If you are a landlord, you may be able to help by providing shelter.
Other people may be able to help by making a charitable donation to organizations that help trafficked individuals. Stalking is intentionally following or harassing another person. The victims may live in constant fear of their stalkers — who can include former spouses, ex-partners, or strangers.
Stalking is a serious crime in Minnesota. Penalties for committing controlled substance crimes in park zones, school zones, public housing zones, and drug treatment facilities. How Can We Help? What is Sex Trafficking? As one pimp said: The goal is to get the girls as dependent as possible. Does Sex Trafficking Exist in Minnesota? Who is Targeted?
How Can I Help? Callthe police, or the sheriff if anyone is in immediate danger. Our neighbors are worth this fight. They can be helped. One person at time. Drug-Free Zones Penalties for committing controlled substance crimes in park zones, school zones, public housing zones, and drug treatment facilities.Abused nuns reveal stories of rape, forced abortions
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