What Can I Do?

  • Support MN Girls Are Not For Sale: Make a financial donation right now and spread the word about 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 sex trafficking in Minnesota. Use the Minnesota District Finder to find out how to contact your legislators directly.
  • Deepen your understanding of sex trafficking in America. Read and pass along Rachel Lloyd’s memoir, “Girls Like Us,” which chronicles her story as a trafficked girl and her work now through GEMS, the nonprofit she founded in NYC to serve girls & young women who’ve been trafficked. 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 sex trafficking, 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 sex trafficking and stop the demand, boys and men must be drivers of the solution.
  • Talk to your child’s school and ask that information that protects children from sexual exploitation to be included in the school curriculum.
  • Monitor your child’s use of the Internet, social media, and other sites visited.
  • 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.
  • Now that you know more about the issue, be aware of street activities you see and take note of people you suspect may be at risk of harm and/or sexual exploitation. Do not question your concern. Trust your instincts and call 911 immediately.