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Two years ago Minnesota became a national leader by adopting a more-enlightened view of prostitution and human trafficking. A decision was made to start seeing the women and children out there soliciting — or being solicited — not as lawbreakers or wrongdoers but as the victims they truly are.
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CHICAGO (STMW) – A man previously convicted of sex trafficking in Cook County has been charged again, this time for allegedly kidnapping a Minnesota woman and bringing her to Chicago to work in the sex trade.

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Cheerleader accused of sex trafficking

Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:06
A suburban Minneapolis high school cheerleader is accused of prostituting a younger student by creating an online ad and taking her to see potential customers, pocketing $60 in one case.

Montia Marie Parker, 18, of Maple Grove, faces felony charges of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution. She is scheduled to appear in court June 12.

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No community in the state is immune from sex trafficking. Minnesota cities have been places of origin, transit and destination for sex-trafficking operations even before federal and state law defined the crime.
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A group will take a tour of Minneapolis' strip clubs this weekend, but its members won't be going inside.

During a walk and rally to highlight work against sex trafficking, they will pass by some of the city's clubs where advocates say women are exploited.

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In a country dealing with split political ideologies there is one issue that should be completely non-partisan.

Human trafficking.

I've sympathized with human trafficking victims for many years. Ever since I first heard the US Department of State's conservative estimate of 27 million people enslaved today.

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As Minneapolis and St. Paul police forces crack down on prostitution and human trafficking, pimps are moving some of their business to the suburbs, where law enforcement traditionally has been less tuned into the problem.

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Issues involving sex and kids tend to grab peoples’ attention. A current proposal inching through the Legislature, to expand and fund support for young victims of sex trafficking, intertwines these issues and seems to have broad bipartisan support.

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Otis D. Washington was defiant and uncooperative right up to the end.

As he stood before a Ramsey County district judge Thursday to learn his fate for preying on vulnerable girls and young women and selling them for sex — and sometimes forcing himself on them as part of his coercion — the 30-year-old St.

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Hotels are enlisted to combat sex traffic

Sunday, 26 August 2012 10:54

The fight to stop the sex trafficking of teen girls moved from courtrooms to motel rooms on Thursday.

Noting that the sale of young girls for sex often begins with online ads and ends in suburban hotels, a coalition of officials from law enforcement and the hospitality industry launched an initiative to put hotel and motel workers on the front lines of the fight against prostitution.

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