For the first time, Minnesota youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals. They will be treated with dignity and respect, and directed to supportive services, and shelter and housing that meet their needs and recognize their right to make their own choices.
Sexual exploitation of youth in Minnesota is commonly overlooked, misidentified as something else and undocumented.
SWCC is home to the Southwest Regional Navigator who officially covers 17 counties.
The Regional Navigator is the main point of contact for sexually exploited youth and concerned agencies. They are responsible for connecting youth with services and serving as regional experts in their communities.
Regional Navigator Resources
Voices of Safe Harbor
Survivor & Youth Input for Minnesota’s Model Protocol on Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Youth
This document is a distilled version of research findings, divided into eight thematic sections. Each chapter explores a main turning point of conversation that recurred throughout surveys and focus groups.
The Southwest Crisis Center is an official supportive services provider for 5 of the surrounding Counties.
SWCC provides youth with the trauma-informed, multidisciplinary and holistic services they deserve through specialized groups and programming for at-risk and exploited youth.