Safe Harbor: Changing the way we help sexually exploited youth recover
Youth who are taken advantage of through prostitution, (now known as sex trafficking) are treated as victims and survivors, not criminals. Recent changes in state law allow these youth to receive:
- Counseling focused on meeting needs and making their own choices
- Respectful and specialized support
- Safe housing
- Physical and mental health services
- Legal protection
- Substance abuse treatment
If you or someone you know is sexually exploited or taken advantage of, help is available. Contact one of the agencies listed with the Minnesota Department of Health. These agencies can tell you about Safe Harbor options. Or call the Day One Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.
Youth, educators, service providers, law enforcement, and community members can also learn more by contacting one of these agencies.