From: Stephanie Brommer
There is a common assumption that human trafficking does not happen in the United States. It is even more common for people to assume that human trafficking does not take place here, in Minnesota. The reality is that with two interstates, industrial growth, and access to social media by teens, Minnesota is a prime location for trafficking. Minnesota is ranked 13th in the nation for incidence of sex trafficking as reported by the FBI (More information at minnesota.cbslocal.com).
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers control and exploit victims for profit. The main facets of trafficking are found in sex and labor. Sex trafficking can be seen in residential brothels, online escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Labor trafficking can be found in domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.
Trafficking victims share a loss of freedom. They tend to have poor mental health, abnormal behavior, poor physical health, and lack of control as a result of being trafficked. A full list of indicators can be found at www.polarisproject.org/indicators
Any community can be affected by human trafficking. Please take time to educate yourself, your family, and your community of the severity and prevalence of human trafficking in Minnesota. The next victim could be your daughter, son, neighbor, or friend.
If you suspect incidence of trafficking make contact with authorities through the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888, or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733).
Be looking for news surrounded the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act of 2013. This act will enable professionals to work efficiently and effectively with trafficking victims to ensure a smooth transition back into society.