Sex Trafficking

An estimated 4.5 million people - mostly women and girls - are engaged in forced sexual exploitation worldwide, according to the International Labour Organization. The Advocates works with partners in Minnesota and worldwide to document human rights abuses and strengthen government responses to trafficking.

The Advocates is a leader in Minnesota's anti-trafficking efforts. The 2008 Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment for the State of Minnesota spurred significant legislative changes including increases in penalties for people convicted of sex trafficking crimes. In 2010, The Advocates for Human Rights led the effort to enact Minnesota's Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act.