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.
Information about Minnesota's implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is here. Updated information about the work to develop specialized residential settings for youth who were or are at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation is available under the Family First section. Resources and research to guide residential providers are available on the Aspire MN website.