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Anti-sex trafficking campaigns

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As we look forward to hosting Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and our partners in advocacy, law enforcement, and the business community statewide welcome the opportunity to champion our nationally recognized statewide response to end sex trafficking.

Our mission is to educate citizens about the grave issue of global and local human trafficking.Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.According to the Department of State, 2 million women and children are victims of human trafficking every year.In the United States, 300 thousand children are forced into child prostitution and child pornography each year.Hotline call specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the state related to potential sex trafficking victims. The success of the MN Girls campaign and critical impact it has had on the work to end child sex trafficking is undeniable.

With cross-sector leaders, the Women’s Foundation invested over $6 million and drove a sea change in our communities’ response to this unconscionable and haunting violence against children.

Between 20, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office (MN Girls grantee-partner) reports that charges and convictions against sex traffickers in Minnesota increased by 76 percent — from 17 in 2010 to 72 in 2013. We funded Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structures, Functions, and Patterns, a first-of-its-kind research and approach to understanding how the overall market for juvenile sex trafficking manifests within communities in one city, Minneapolis. Lauren Martin, lead researcher on , the research mentioned above, reveals the surge in media coverage after the MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign began in 2011 and the Minnesota Legislature passed the state’s Safe Harbor legislation, which reclassified sex-trafficked minors as crime victims in need of protection UROC’s research findings also reveal a significant shift in language used in media coverage once the MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign was launched and Safe Harbor was passed.

Our direct outreach to educate, update and engage Minnesota’s Congressional delegation through multiple meetings in Washington, D. (2012, 2013) resulted in federal child sex trafficking legislation — Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. The public awareness and education campaign has changed the narrative and driven a sea change in how media partners and the general public frame the issue.

“Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy Sex: ‘You can have a good time with the servitude’ vs.

‘You’re supporting a system of degradation,” Melissa Farley, Emily Schuckman, Jacqueline M.

In 2007, we began training airline personnel, who are our first line of defense in protecting the countless children who are trafficked on major flights each day.