Minnesota fights sex trafficking by cracking down on customers
By Kelly Smith
Law enforcement officials and nonprofits across Minnesota are taking aggressive new action to crack down on customers of prostitution — often white, middle-aged and married men — and boosting programs aimed at keeping teens out of the sex trade.
Advocates want to shift from police intervention to prevention, after years spent toughening prison sentences for pimps and overhauling how the state treats sex trafficking victims.
The new effort coincides with the attention Minneapolis will receive hosting the 2018 Super Bowl, an international event that will draw thousands of wealthy visitors and what experts say is a likely small surge in sex trafficking.