The Minnesota Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Law says that all sexually exploited youth under the age of 18 are now recognized as crime victims, not criminals. This law was created to treat youth with dignity and respect while directing them to appropriate supportive services.
What is sexual exploitation?
A sexually exploited youth is someone under the age of 18 who may be subject to sexual exploitation because they engage, or were forced into sexual conduct in return for a fee, food, clothing or a place to stay. A youth also can be sexually exploited if he or she has engaged in exotic dancing, been filmed doing sexual acts, traded sex for drugs, or has been found guilty of engaging in prostitution or prostitution related crimes.
For the purposes of Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door the means of exploitation is irrelevant in determining eligibility for services.
If you, someone you know, or someone you suspect is involved in sex trafficking or sexually exploited youth:
» Call 911 if there is immediate danger
» Make a child protection report at 763-682-7449
For more information on Safe Harbor and sexual exploitation of youth, please click here.
Wright County Cares Forum
On January 22nd Know the Truth partnered with Wright County to provide the Wright County Cares Forum at Buffalo High School. If you were unable to attend, please click here to view the Forum in its entirety.