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St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin has been one of Minnesotas collaborative leaders in being committed to raising awareness and supporting efforts to protect victims of sex trafficking. In May Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Vicky Wanta attended the Summit to Undo Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Minnesota. Wanta and prosecutors from around the state were told that Minnesota children as young as 12 to 14 are being sold for sex at truck stops motels cabins apartments and houses. In 2014 Wanta used that knowledge to present a seminar on sex trafficking to a group of local hoteliers in Duluth. She explained how big the problem is and what is being done to combat it. A major step in safeguarding vulnerable youth was the passage of the Safe Harbor Law for Sexually Exploited Youth that went into effect in August. The law was designed to ensure that instead of prosecuting the children for prostitution juveniles who are sexually exploited or at risk of exploitation are treated as children in need of protection. This was the practice in St. Louis County even before the change in the law. In the most recent statistics available Wanta told those in the lodging business that approximately 35 girls told the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault PAVSA that they had been trafficked.The FBI has identified the Twin Cities as one of the nations 13 largest centers for child prostitution. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 100000 children are exploited for prostitution annually in the U.S. Safe Harbor creates a system of response called No Wrong Door to identify child victims of sexual exploitation and move them towards recovery and healing while holding traffickers and purchasers of children responsible for their actions. TABLE OF CONTENTS Sex Trafficking 2 Letter From Your County Attorney 3 Criminal Division 4 Victim Witness Division 5 PHHS Division 6 Civil Division 7 Administration and Support Staff 8 Crimes By The Numbers 9-11 Alan Mitchel Memorial Joe BidenVisit Peace Poem 12 Summit to Undo Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Minnesota TABLE OF CONTENTS SEX TRAFFICKING 2014 ST. LOUIS COUNTY ATTORNEYS ANNUAL REPORT 2