Minnesota has launched its new statewide system for helping sexually exploited youth that treats them as abused individuals needing help and support rather than as criminals.
Minnesota's Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Law went into full effect August 1st. The law decriminalizes prostitution charges for youth under 18, increases the penalties for buyers, and creates a statewide system for helping sexually exploited youth.
The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded grants supporting eight Safe Harbor regional navigators located across the state. In southeast Minnesota, that includes Dodge, Fillmore and Olmsted County Victim Services.