What Can I Do?

  • Deepen your understanding of adolescent prostitution in America. Read and pass along Rachel Lloyd’s memoir, “Girls Like Us,” which chronicles her story as a prostituted girl and work now through GEMS, the nonprofit she founded in NYC to serve girls & young women who’ve been prostituted. Share it with others and/or choose it for your book club selection.
  • Hold a “Screening Party for Change” to watch Rachel Lloyd’s internationally acclaimed Showtime documentary, “Very Young Girls(available on Netflix).
  • Talk to the boys and men in your life about the prostitution of girls, and keep talking. Because men are at the core of this issue, the conversations may be uncomfortable — but just do it, and keep doing it. To end the prostitution of girls and stop the demand, boys and men must be drivers of the solution.
  • Talk to your school and ask that information that protects children from sexual exploitation to be included in the school curriculum.
  • Support MN Girls Are Not For Sale: spread the word, host an event, and get involved in the campaign. Contact Terry Williams, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, terry@wfmn.org, 612.236.1808.
  • Contact your elected officials and let them know you are concerned about the issue and support efforts to end the prostitution of children in Minnesota. Use the Minnesota District Finder to find out how to contact your legislators directly.
  • Contact your congressperson to support Senate File 596, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011, to provide federal funding to increase child prostitution victim’s access to direct support services and increase resources to help diminish demand. Contact your congressperson.
  • Now that you know more about the issue, be aware of street activities you see and take note of girls you suspect may be at risk of harm and/or sexual exploitation. Do not question your concern. Trust your instincts and call 911 immediately.
    • With their help, schools tell teachers, social workers, counselors and others to look for the signs of a possible victim:
      • Multiple unexplained absences from school.
      • A repeated tendency to run away from home.
      • Frequent travel to other cities.
      • Older boyfriends or girlfriends.
      • A sudden ability to have expensive items.
      • Appearing depressed or suffering physical injuries.
  • Make a financial donation to the groups supporting girl survivors of sex trafficking—Pride, Breaking Free, Advocates for Human Rights, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, and American Indian Community Housing Organization.
  • Monitor your child’s use of the Internet and sites visited.
  • Make a financial donation to the MN Girls Are Not for Sale campaign right now.