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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth

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Minnesota recognizes that young people who are being sexually exploited need understanding, support, and services. There is even a law to protect and help young people, called the Minnesota Safe Harbor Law. If you are 24 or under, the law can help you get services to meet your needs, like housing, food, legal help, counseling, etc. If you are under 18, the Safe Harbor Law can protect you from being charged as a criminal for the sexual exploitation that might be happening to you.


Safe Harbor can help you if:

  • You are exchanging any type of sex, sexual pictures, or videos for anything of value. This could include, a place to hang out or sleep, food, clothes, diapers, money, drugs or alcohol, or gang or group status.
  • You are under 18 and involved in exotic dancing or pornography in exchange for anything of value.
  • Someone is blackmailing you with sexual photos or videos to get you to do something you do not want to do.
  • You are having sex with people for money whether or not you get to keep all the money.
  • If you are 24 or under and need help, Safe Harbor is there when you are ready. 

There are advocates in your area who can help you figure out your options.


The Day One Hotline for local shelter & supportive services: 1.866.223.111 or TEXT 612.399.9995


This is a secure line. No judgement, no shame, just support. 


Click here for a parents guide for Safe Harbor and information on sexually exploited youth.


For more information on Safe Harbor click here to be redirected to the Minnesota Department of Health


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