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Anti-Human Trafficking

The Anti-Human Trafficking force is dedicated to combating the crime of human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, in the state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that 14,500-17,500 men, women and children are trafficked into the United States each year. Minnesota is the 13th most heavily sex trafficked state in the nation. Therefore, we work to stop the sex slave trade. We both raise awareness of domestic human trafficking and push for legislation that will improve the lives of victims of the sex trade. During the fall of 2010, we held a campus-wide screening of Very Young Girls, an investigation done by GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) into the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the United States as they are sold on the streets by pimps, and treated as adult criminals by police. Following the film, we had dinner and an intense discussion about sex trafficking and legislation in Minnesota. We plan to gather more support for the Victim Support Act of 2010 and hope to propose “Safe Harbor” Laws in Minnesota. Much enthusiasm for the fight against human trafficking was generated at the film screening and discussion, and some ideas proposed at the event include starting an outreach group for children vulnerable to the sex slave trade and fundraising money to donate to GEMS. We also plan on screening some mini-series about this issue and holding an Awareness Day in the future.