Local Emergency Sex Trafficking Fund Low

Funds Low for Sex Trafficking Advocates in the Twin Ports

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Advocates say Minnesota is making great strides with sex trafficking but when victims turn 18 there are not as many resources for them.

“We haven’t decriminalized trafficking for adult survivors and so sometimes there’s just not that foundation or governmental support,” PAVSA program director Jude Foster said. “So that’s why we really look to the community to help us with our emergency fund.”

Right now PAVSA, a non-profit dedicated to the elimination of sexual violence in Southern St. Louis County, could use some help as their sex trafficking emergency fund is low.

The pot of money is used to provide survivors with anything from pampers and gas to hotel rooms when shelters are full.

Staff tell FOX 21 it gives their clients immediate safety and helps to eliminate barriers.

“Sometimes that box of diapers is a big enough barrier where if people are really concerned about meeting their needs or their needs of their children they might not be able to seek safety because they don’t have the essential things that they need,” said Foster.

PAVSA helps more than 800 victims every year.

You can mail donations to PAVSA’s sex traffic emergency fund to 32 E 1st St #200, Duluth, MN 55802.

You can also donate to other community partners like The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Men As Peacemakers and Lifehouse who PAVSA works closely with.

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