Members of the Faith Community Learn About Ways to Combat Sex Trafficking

January 15, 2018 11:03 AM

Members of the Twin Cities' faith community learned about ways to combat sex trafficking on Saturday.

With just more than three weeks until the Super Bowl, experts say sex trafficking is likely to increase around the Twin Cities.


"We really have an enormous problem here," said Jen Fairbourne, with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

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On Saturday, a wide range of organizations gathered at the "Cherish All Children" Super Bowl kickoff event in St. Paul. It highlighted the role the faith community can play in fighting human trafficking.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar was among the speakers.

"It's a team effort to take on this gorge of human trafficking," Klobuchar said. "It can happen anywhere and to anyone."

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Klobuchar is known as a national leader in combating the issue, including introducing bills to provide outreach and help survivors.

Saturday's training gave members of the faith community a chance to learn about what the problem is and how to get help to those in need.

"We're not necessarily equipping individuals with how to respond directly themselves, but how to get professionals involved in doing the work," Fairbourne said.

RELATED: Study Looks at Who Buys Sex in MN Trafficking Industry

Organizers stress the Super Bowl is an opportunity to raise awareness, but it's much bigger than that.

"We're able to use this opportunity to help educate people that this is going on every day of the year," Fairbourne said.


Brett Hoffland

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