Trafficked children are victims, not criminals

News on Modern Day Slavery

No community in the state is immune from sex trafficking. Minnesota cities have been places of origin, transit and destination for sex-trafficking operations even before federal and state law defined the crime.

Especially heinous, sex trafficking of children is a problem of growing urgency. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children conservatively estimates 100,000 children are exploited each year for prostitution in the U.S.

Children of any ethnicity, from any neighborhood, or of any color are potential targets. Social media makes it easy for pimps to recruit unsuspecting youth and “advertise” to johns; shopping malls are popular recruitment venues.

Source: Duluth News Times

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