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Legislation to address child sex trafficking in Minnesota



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.


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


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.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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