Published: June, 2015| Amy Walsh Kern

Subsequent to the 2011 passage of Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Law, which stands as a national model for laws requiring children who are sex trafficked to be treated as victims and not criminals, WATCH has tracked and monitored juvenile sex trafficking court cases in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. WATCH has monitored these cases to observe the demographics of the defendants and the victims, whether the cases are going to trial or being resolved by a plea bargain, and what the sentences are. WATCH’s Executive Director will discuss the framework for sex trafficking, the most recent federal and state laws on sex trafficking, and how these cases are being handled and sentences as they enter our courtrooms.