Sex Trafficking Among Topics Discussed at Nat'l Legislative Summit in Minn.

Updated: 08/20/2014 10:49 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 10:47 PM
By: Megan Matthews, KSTP

Lawmakers from across the county are in the Twin Cities Wednesday for a legislative summit.

It’s the 40th Annual Legislative Summit held by the National Conference of State Legislatures. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was among the 2,000 lawmakers attending the summit. She spoke about the need to stop human trafficking in America, along with Cindy McCain.

“As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand the horror and violence women and children suffer as victims of sex trafficking,” Klobuchar said. “We need to take action and crack down on this heinous crime while ensuring trafficking victims have access to the support they need.”

Klobuchar has introduced legislation that helps make sure minors sold for sex aren’t prosecuted as defendants but are instead treated as victims. She says the average age of a sex trafficking victim is just 13.

“This is a crime that’s on the rise,” she said. “Part of it is because of the internet. People are advertising young girls all over the internet and part of it is because it’s become a big international ring.”

Sex trafficking is just one topic on the list of hardships up for discussion.

Gov. Mark Dayton also spoke at the conference Wednesday morning.

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