Klobuchar, Heitkamp Meet with Minn. Sex Trafficking Advocates

Created: 05/16/2014 8:08 AM
By: Jennie Olson

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be in Minneapolis on Friday to talk about efforts to combat sex trafficking.

The senators will discuss new legislation modeled after Minnesota’s Safe Harbor laws, which protect victims of sex trafficking from prosecution; the legislation was authored by Klobuchar and cosponsored by Heitkamp.

They will also talk about the importance of fighting international sex trafficking in light of the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria. The abduction has spurred a global movement to secure the girls' release amid fears they would be sold into slavery, married off to fighters, or worse following a series of threats by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.

Klobuchar and Heitkamp will meet with representatives from Breaking Free, Advocates for Human Rights, the Minnesota Nigerian community, attorneys and other advocates. The meeting takes place Friday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Photo: AP/Julio Cortez

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