Bill would enhance human trafficking prevention

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Legislation that allows school districts to include child sexual prevention instruction in health curriculum had its first hearing this week. Districts would not be required to include the curriculum in their classroom programs.

This bill is in response to concerns that the Super Bowl could increase sex trafficking incidents, and to focus efforts to combat increased sex trafficking in Minnesota and across the country. Legislators were approached with the idea of the legislation by Jessica Melnik, a junior from Hopkins High School and founder of Girls United MN, after she and her friends observed one of their classmates being trafficked. She also worked closely with Beth Holger-Ambrose, executive director of The Link, to find a way to address the crisis of sex trafficking in schools.

According to testimony, Minnesota is the 13th largest human trafficking market with between 8,000-14,000 victims each year. (SF2465)