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Shattered Hearts

Sex Trafficking

Prepared by Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce, Ph.D. for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Minneapolis MN

Background
The topic of this report is the commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian women and girls in Minnesota, including but not limited to sex trafficking. In 2006, the Legislature passed Minnesota Statute section 299A.79 requiring the Commissioner of Public Safety to develop a plan to address current human trafficking and prevent future human trafficking in Minnesota. By 2008, Minneapolis had been identified by the FBI as one of thirteen U.S. cities having a high concentration of criminal activity involving the commercial sexual exploitation of juveniles. To develop a comprehensive plan for addressing the complicated issue of trafficking and the needs of trafficking victims, the commissioner created, per Minnesota Statute section 99A.7955, the Gerald D. Vick Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is to advise the Commissioner on a statewide trafficking assessment and on the commissioner’s plan to address human trafficking and prevent future trafficking in Minnesota. The Task Force would assist the Commissioner of Public Safety and local authorities in two statutory actions:

  • Collect, share, and compile trafficking data among government agencies to assess the nature and extent of trafficking in Minnesota
  • Analyze the collected data to develop a plan to address and prevent human trafficking
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