January is Sex Trafficking Awareness Month nationwide, and now northland leaders are stepping in to recognize the month on a local level.
The Duluth Trafficking Task Force in collaboration with local nonprofit agencies and the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, and St. Louis County Sheriff’s office is recognizing January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
On January 9, 2013, Duluth Mayor Don Ness will be issuing a proclamation declaring January as Duluth Trafficking Awareness Month, and city and county dignitaries will be present to offer remarks in support of the proclamation. A healing ceremony in honor of survivors will conclude the program.
St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin is personally involved in this issue because his office is tasked with prosecuting the people who take advantage of these young victims.
Rubin says that although sex trafficking is not as common in our region as it is in big urban areas like Chicago or the Twin Cities, it is a growing problem that we need to be aware of.
He says that in order to protect our children and prevent the trend from growing, bringing the issue to the forefront is important. Proclamations, like that made by Duluth Mayor Don Ness today, are key.
To watch the full interview, click the video to the right.