Mpls. City Council Cracks Down on Door-Knocking Practices
Traveling magazine sales is one of the five most dangerous jobs for kids in the U.S. according to the Child Labor Coalition.
Monday the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that would require door-to-door salespeople to show an identification badge, as a way to keep these kids safe.
According to a list we obtained from the city of Minneapolis there are no companies legally registered to sell magazines. The kids going door-knocking could be trapped in a very uncomfortable situation, some groups even say these teens are exploited or abused.
"What we really want to clamp down on are the commercial, not non-profit youth sales. Basically the magazine crews that have been highly exploitive and dangerous to youth," said Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff.
Door-knockers for non-profits like the Girl or Boy Scouts do have to wear a city-issued badge, but Schiff says those will be given out in bulk to troop leaders.