Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door
Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law ensures young people who are sexually exploited are treated as victims and survivors, not criminals. Through the No Wrong Door model, these youth can receive trauma-informed support rather than being treated as juvenile delinquents.
Commercial sexual exploitation of youth occurs when someone age 24 and younger engages in sexual activity in exchange for the promise of something of value: money, drugs, food, shelter or transportation for example. Sex trafficking is one type of sexual exploitation- in which someone other than the “buyer” or “victim” profits from or facilitates an act of prostitution- and can often co-exist with forced labor, debt bondage and slavery.
In February 2020, the Department of Human Services will co-host the conference Human Trafficking in Minnesota- Moving Safe Harbor Systems Forward. Please visit the conference website and view the Save the Date DHS-7641Va (PDF).