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Legislation to address child sex trafficking in Minnesota

Posted: February 8, 2013 - 10:37pm

Members
from the Minnesota Safe Harbors Coalition and the North Central STOP
Coalition will conduct a meeting with Brainerd area leaders to discuss
the local impact of legislation introduced by Minnesota State Senate
President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, and Rep. Susan Allen.
DFL-Minneapolis.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Campbell Room at Bremer Bank, 321 S. Seventh St., Brainerd.

If
passed, the legislation will address and prevent child sex trafficking
in Minnesota and provide for services that support young people
victimized by sex trafficking.

The legislation includes the following key recommendations and associated appropriations:

Construction, renovation and operation of Safe Harbor Shelter and Housing for sex-trafficked youth.


Establishment of a Safe Harbor Supportive Services Fund to provide
therapeutic, culturally specific services for sex-trafficked children.


Creation of a statewide Safe Harbor director, six grant-funded Regional
Navigator positions, and 14 grant-funded youth street outreach
positions across Minnesota.

• Creation of a Safe Harbor
Training Fund to ensure that law enforcement and other front-line
personnel have the training they need to promote community-level
prevention efforts, identify child sex trafficking victims and to
aggressively investigate and prosecute traffickers.

Jeff Bauer,
director of public policy, The Family Partnership and Mary Beth Hanson,
director of Communications, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, are
scheduled to be at the meeting.