A media blitz is underway to draw attention to a need for housing to deal with the growing number of children caught up in sex trafficking.
The “MN Girls Are Not For Sale” radio campaign is in support of the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth bill that’s currently making its way through the state legislature.
The illegal activity of child sex trafficking is hard to measure, but Minnesota law enforcement has seen an uptick in the number of girls being sold for sex.
Lee Roper-Batker, CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, says victims lack options for a safe place to stay.
“They try to reach these girls only to have them disappear because there is no place they can bring them that’s safe right now,” Roper-Batker said.
There are only four shelter beds across the state that are designated for child sex trafficking victims. On any given night, there are more than 50 girls who need a safe place to sleep.
Source: MN CBS