WCCO: New Study Sheds Light On Sex Trafficking In Minneapolis

WCCO, Esme Murphy (9/10/14) – A new study by the University of Minnesota and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota reveals local victims of sex trafficking are recruited in places we like to think are safe havens.

The report finds girls as young as 12 and 13 are first approached by older teens and young men at schools, malls and even parties. Researchers looked at online ads that fuel the sex trade as well as patterns that can help prevent recruitment in the first place.

The study looked at five years of cases in Minneapolis. The study’s authors are hoping to use the Minneapolis findings to curb trafficking in other communities.

Watch the video below or at WCCO.