Legislation to address child sex trafficking in Minnesota
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 providetherapeutic, culturally specific services for sex-trafficked children.
•Creation of a statewide Safe Harbor director, six grant-funded RegionalNavigator positions, and 14 grant-funded youth street outreachpositions across Minnesota.
• Creation of a Safe HarborTraining Fund to ensure that law enforcement and other front-linepersonnel have the training they need to promote community-levelprevention efforts, identify child sex trafficking victims and toaggressively 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, arescheduled to be at the meeting.