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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. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Safe Harbor website provides detailed information and resources about Safe Harbor in Minnesota. 

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 commercial sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking can often co-exist with forced labor and debt bondage.

The Department of Human Services co-leads the Safe Harbor response in Minnesota. This website covers Safe Harbor housing, shelter and outreach; the child welfare system response to human trafficking and exploitation; training opportunities; and additional resources on child welfare requirements. 

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