Broaden the fight on sex trafficking

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 5:26 PM

State’s congressional delegation must lead in push for protections.

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smilesNov. 3, 1312:41 AM

Sex trafficking of minors and commercial sexual activity by minors are terrible problems but they will not be resolved with false claims and bad data. The FBI never identified Minnesota as a top city for child sex trafficking-see footnote on page xx of FBI "Efforts to Combat Crimes Against Children" 2009 for the real FBI statement. Furthermore, the claim that hundreds of thousands of US children are trafficked each year is entirely at odds with FBI's Project Innocence Lost that notes that about 250 children are rescued from sex trafficking NATIONALLY each year. Those who traffick minor girls should be aggressively prosecuted. The girls should be treated as victims, not criminals. But the much larger problem is homeless or indigent boys and girls (often with mental illnesses) who resort to commercial survival sex. That problem merits large social service programs for housing, treatment, vocational training.

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luzhishenNov. 3, 1310:41 AM

If the author wants to throw demographic statistics at us, give us complete info on who is involved, i.e. ethnicity, immigration and actual age data. Go after the pimps, go after the johns, and don't be polite while doing so...even if it shines a harsh light on one group or the other.

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ishikawaNov. 3, 13 1:04 PM

If the participants are adults and they are consenting, what is the govt doing sticking its nose in the bedrooms of adults? Same exact argument for gay marriage. Get govt out of the bedroom of adults.

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jd55604Nov. 3, 13 5:22 PM

This is primarily a manufactured crisis which gives politicians lots of camera time and their names in the paper. It is already a crime in MN to pimp out children so how would adding hundreds of more pages of federal regulations help anyone except some highly paid bureaucrats? Criminal law is supposed to be the purview of the states and not the federal government.

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