In the past, if you were under the age of 18 and engaging in prostitution, Minnesota law treated you as a juvenile delinquent and prosecuted you as a criminal. The recently passed Safe Harbor Law changed that. Now, youth who engage in prostitution or survival sex are seen as victims and survivors (not criminals) and are entitled to shelter and services.
If you are, or know someone under 18 that has been forced into prostitution, or is a victim of sexual exploitation or child trafficking, you have the right to supportive, healing, and comprehensive services. Call the Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline today at 1.866.223.1111.
No Wrong Door is a service model that makes sure the Safe Harbor Law actually works. It lays out ways for communities across Minnesota to get the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to identify sexually exploited and at-risk youth.
To read more about the Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door visit Minnesota Department of Health’s http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/topic/safeharbor