Human trafficking. We think of it as something that happens anywhere else. 50% or more of domestic sex trafficking victims are classified as runaway youth living on the street. Minnesota is number 1 per capital for runaway youth. The average age of entry into human trafficking is 13. By conservative estimates 213 underage children are sold for sex in Minnesota each month.
In September, 2016, St Paul Area Synod Bishop Patricia Lull spoke to Faith Lutheran about the seriousness of human trafficking in our area. Our area is designated in the top four in our nation for human trafficking. A Faith task force responded:
- Presented to our Faith Council and several committees
- Wrote informational articles and prayers for church communications
- Sponsored Deacon Amy Hartman, Director Emeritus of Cherish All Children to speak at Faith on Sunday, June 11 where she introduced the ELCA approach to end human trafficking: Pray, Education, Connect and Act
- Attended an informational session at Maranatha Church in Wyoming by Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney
- Attended a presentation about Human Trafficking at the Forest Lake YMCA given by Imran Ali from the Washington County Attorney office and Paul Kroshus from the Woodbury Police
Part of our mission grant was used to produce bulletin inserts.
You are invited to hear Pete Orput, Washington County Attorney, speak at Faith at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 7. He will speak about the work being done in Washington County to combat Human Trafficking.