Sex Trafficking Research
As part of the Foundation’s MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign, the Women’s Foundation has commissioned and funded the University of Minnesota’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center to conduct research related to better understanding sex trafficking in Minnesota.
- Mapping the Demand for Sex with Trafficked Individuals in Minnesota, the second in a series of research reports commissioned and funded by the Foundation and produced by the University of Minnesota, will be released in 2017. The new research will focus on the buyers who drive the market for sex trafficking: who they are, how they enter the market, and their relationship to sex trafficking operations. This project will generate new empirical data to shape early prevention and intervention activities. The research will result in actionable information that can be used to support current law enforcement practices in combating sex trafficking. >> View a sneak peak of findings from UROC’s analysis of sex trafficking and prostitution as covered in print news media from 2005-2014 in Minnesota. >> Read the MinnPost article
- Workplace Perspectives on Erotic Dancing: A Brief Report on Community-Based Research with Entertainers in Minneapolis Strip Clubs, is focused on documenting the workplace experiences of entertainers within strip clubs in Minneapolis from a lens of workplace health and safety and improving working conditions. The report was commissioned on behalf of the City of Minneapolis and will guide their related policy recommendations. (March 2017) >> View/download the full report >> Read the Star Tribune article
- Mapping the Market for Sex with Trafficked Minor Girls in Minneapolis: Structure, Functions, and Patterns is a first-of-its-kind approach to understanding how the overall market for juvenile sex trafficking manifests within communities in one city. Though limited to Minneapolis, the findings may have implications for other cities and regions. (September 2014) >> View/download full report and executive summary at UROC >> Read press release >> Listen to MPR’s The Daily Circuit interview (9/15) >> Read Star Tribune article
The Foundation has also provided funding for research focused on sex trafficking in Minnesota’s American Indian communities.
- Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota, a project of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and Prostitution Research & Education. (October 2011.) >> Read the article by Sarah Deer
- Shattered Hearts: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation Of American Indian Women And Girls, a project of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. (November 2009)