CAPM supports HF 556, legislation which aims to protect and assist sexually exploited children get appropriate therapeutic responses.
The legislation would address current Minnesota law that contradicts itself when it comes to sexually exploited children: children found to be “engaging in prostitution” may simultaneously be considered victims of sex trafficking, children in need of protection or services, maltreated minors, and juvenile delinquents.
The purpose of the bill is to:
- make sure sexually exploited children receive therapeutic responses appropriate as victims of a crime, not punishment as criminals
- increases fines on “johns” to create a funding stream for more supportive services
- preserves the tools prosecutors need to convict sex traffickers and pimps
To attend the hearing, please view the below committee schedule information:
WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2011 10:15 AM
Room: 10 State Office Building
Chair: Rep. Tony Cornish
HF853 (Cornish) Human trafficking victim toll-free hotline money appropriated.
HF854 (Cornish) Trafficking victims legal advocacy grant authorized, and money appropriated.
HF556 (Smith) Juvenile prostitutes in need of protection or services provisions amended, sexually exploited youth defined, prostitution crime penalty assessments increased, and distribution of the assessment amended; prostitution laws provisions clarified and recodified, and definitions modified; money appropriated to the commissioner of public safety to develop a statewide victim services model.
HF636 (Smith) Time period expanded in which an offender is considered to be in a position of authority over a victim for purposes of the criminal sexual conduct laws.
Media commentary: Jeff Bauer: Sexually exploited kids are victims
“By using a victim-centered approach that is cost-effective and sound public policy for these children, we can truly give them the appropriate intervention and treatment necessary for their safety and welfare, while protecting our communities.”
With a recent study by the Shapiro Group and the Women’s Funding Network showing a 55 percent increase in the number of children being trafficked for sex in Minnesota between February and August 2010, it is clear that we need to take a new approach to the problem.