The short answer is absolutely YES! Sex trafficking is not only happening in Minnesota, Minneapolis has emerged as one of the top sex trafficking cities in the country involving children. Here’s an excerpt from the Minnesota Attorney General’s website:
“Minneapolis is one of the top locations in the U.S. for child sex trafficking. A six-month study by local prosecutors found over 34,000 advertisements posted online for sex in the Twin Cities.”
After reading this excerpt, one might think that Minnesota’s sex trafficking problem is mostly limited to Minneapolis, but that is not true either. Sex traffickers do not discriminate on the basis of location . They go where it is easy to nab their prey. Here is the rest of the excerpt from the Minnesota AG website:
“But sex trafficking is not just a Twin Cities problem. Trafficking affects people from all parts of Minnesota. An online sting in southwest Minnesota led to the arrest of 48 individuals. One 16 year-old who was trafficked in northern Minnesota stated that she was exploited on average by five men every day―which means that she was exploited over 1,800 times in a year.”
If you want to read the entire article on the MN AG website click here.