Child sex trafficking is a Minnesota public health issue

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 9:17 AM

Limited funding by 2013 Legislature is welcome, but need remains.

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forpeopleJun. 16, 13 6:58 PM

This is the type of policy making that infuriates and that is a disgrace. The legislature and our loser of a governor would rather fund arts at places such as the Perpich Center for elitists than protect our children. Disgusting, wrong, cruel. We need politicians with values for a change.

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eman2002Jun. 16, 13 7:03 PM

From the editorial: "There are no reliable studies on how many Minnesota kids are used in the sex trade each year, but the organizations that work on the problem report that the numbers are increasing . . . . . So, better just trust the advocates and give them the money so they can get on a government salary. Then they'll be able to create the studies that prove the need and keep the program going forever.

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bulldog93Jun. 16, 13 9:20 PM

Well at least we have shiny new stadiums we can point to. Good job MN Legislature and Governor...you should be ashamed.

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alansonJun. 17, 13 7:49 AM

It doesn't help the cause that "No Wrong Door" material provides no documentation for the assertion that this is a "public health issue". Indeed there appears to be nothing in the program that funds medical treatment for victims of sex trafficking.

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springreadJun. 17, 13 8:47 AM

I am skeptical. But not heartless. If there's an epidemic right under our noses lets do what we can. But please, harden-up the statistics before spending money.

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beautyehJun. 17, 1310:18 AM

"There are no reliable studies on how many Minnesota kids are used in the sex trade each year" Sorry, you need some good metrics to backup the need for money. It is a tragedy this happens, but without reliable information the legislature should not just hand out money.

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jolsonbabyJun. 17, 1310:58 AM

If the problem is really that bad how about the courts really start punishing the pimps and the federal government start securing the borders and deporting human traffickers instead of playing catch-n-release?

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mouthwashJun. 17, 1312:12 PM

Unfortunately, it tends to add fuel to the fire when "sex trafficking artwork" is portrayed depicting nubile young girls, whereas in actuality most victims of sex trafficking are actually along the lines of _homely_ girls who never get asked to their homecoming dance.

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phartprouderJun. 17, 13 2:09 PM

Where do you find these tiny people? How come I have never been approached by a young hottie?

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phartprouderJun. 17, 13 2:10 PM

Federal Government doing anything about this or are the human traffickers just doing jobs Americans won't do?

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