Tell Minnesota legislators to protect child victims of human trafficking!
  • Petitioned Minnesota State House

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Minnesota State House

Tell Minnesota legislators to protect child victims of human trafficking!

    1. Petition by

      Polaris Project


Human trafficking is a brutal crime that lurks in the shadows and thrives on secrecy and isolation of victims. Victims of human trafficking are threatened, beaten, raped, starved, locked up, or psychologically manipulated- all for the financial profit of traffickers.  In Minnesota, a recent study by the Shapiro group found that 124 girls were exploited for prostitution in the month of August 2010.  

House Bill 556 would explicitly define sexually-exploited youth as children in need of protection and services, ensure that these youth are not categorized as juvenile delinquents, require the Commissioner of Public Safety develop a statewide model to serve sexually-exploited youth or youth at risk of sexual exploitation, defines “prostitute” as only those over 18 (2014), and increases penalties for those who purchase children for sex.

The Minnesota House of Representatives needs to hear that explicitly defining sexually-exploited youth in the law and mandating the development of a statewide service model for sexually-exploited youth or youth at risk of sexual exploitation are important to you. Minnesota can achieve this by passing House Bill 556!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. HF 556 passed unanimously in the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee! It now goes to Judiciary Policy and Finance.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tom Baker MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      This is an issue that not many know about, which is too bad. It's gotta stop!!! So, to all you legislators: Do your job and create the laws that will fight this horrible practice of trafficking children into the sex trade! What if it was YOUR kid??!!!

    • Richard Sands SOUTHGATE, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      I really would like to see this post, reposted, repeated and shared by everyone who visits my wall or finds this on his or her wall... I will indeed keep this at the top of my list each and every day until I know that everybody understands that, "more than four-fifths of the confirmed victims of sex trafficking - about 83 percent – were (are indeed) U.S. citizens,..." is a fact.

    • Alexandra Pierce SAINT PAUL, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      I was one of those children, and there was nowhere to turn for help. I am now 63, and it has taken me a lifetime to heal. Sadly, Minnesota has very few resources for trafficked youth even today. You have the opportunity to change that. Please do so. There is no excuse for leaving our children unprotected and actually criminalized for their own victimization.

    • Sarah Olynyk JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      Children need our unconditional love and support. Young victims of sex trafficking are just that: VICTIMS. Please pass this bill so these children can have a chance at a normal life.

      The healing process will be a lifetime journey for these girls. Please don't sentence them to a life tarnished by criminal charges while their captors make a profit!!!

    • Arianna Miazza SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      What's government for, if not to protect people from brutal violence?


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