A new report has come out about sex trafficking in Minneapolis, MN. See “U study documents juvenile sex trafficking in Minneapolis” (http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/274559791.html
). The report is based on statistics gained by a review of criminal and juvenile records, and other sources and interviews. How can we use this report and case histories brought forward by Civil Society to stop sex trafficking before it happens? The focus needs to be on identifying grooming behaviors of sex traffickers and we must strengthen child protection in Minnesota.
Thanks to the courageous call for help by a 15 year old child, the persistence of her grandmother, and the work of Civil Society in supporting the victim and her grandmother, Ramsey County arrested and convicted 5 for sex trafficking of minors and vulnerable adults. One fifteen year old child has helped to rescue at least 10 children and vulnerable adults who have been sex trafficked. Result: Longest prison term of a sex trafficker in Minnesota.
How did that child make the decision to call 911 rather than being victimized? Civil Society will be hosting a small interactive “Fighting the Invasion of the Body Snatchers” workshop on how evidence-based, trauma-informed victim services for sex trafficked victims and trainings for high school and college youth can strengthen our children to be heroes like the 15 year old child and her grandmother, who Civil Society supported when the child called 911 from a “party” where trafficking was occurring.
“Fighting the Invasion of the Body Snatchers” Workshop
Thursday, October 30, 2014
4 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Training Center, First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
(Corner of 5th Street and Minnesota Street)
* A donation of $15/person for workshop materials is suggested
Registration will be limited so that there is time for everyone’s questions or suggestions.