We are thrilled that HF0556 has been introduced to the state legislature. It still has a long way to go before its voted on, and its up to all Minnesota residents to call their state representatives and tell them to vote yes.
· Explicitly defines sexually exploited youth and sex trafficking victims as children in need of protection or services.
· Excludes sexually exploited youth and sex trafficking victims from the definition of delinquency. This provision
phases in effective 2014 to ensure that adequate systems to address sexually exploited youth are in place.
· Amends the definition of “prostitute” to include only individuals 18 years of age or older, effective 2014.
· Charges the commissioner of public safety, in consultation with the commissioner of health, the commissioner of
human services, and other stakeholders to develop a victim services model to address the needs of sexually
exploited youth and youth at risk of sexual exploitation.
• Increases penalties for buyers of prostitution with revenue split between service providers, prosecutors, and law enforcement.
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This could not have been done without the help of The Advocates for Human Rights, click here for their website.