Sex Trading and Trafficking in Minnesota: A Focus on Sex Buyers

Sex Trading and Trafficking in Minnesota: A Focus on Sex Buyers was held on January 25, 2018 as part of the Sexual Exploitation Working Group’s Lunch & Learn series.

Sex trafficking is part of a broader marketplace for commercial sex and functions along the economic principles of supply and demand. This presentation presented by Lauren Martin PhD, will share findings from two recent studies conducted in Minnesota on sex trading and trafficking that seek to better understand these market forces and how they impact people. Research shows that these market forces are in many cases built on exploitation, poverty, violence and brutality. The presentation will focus on sex buyers, which are the least well-understood aspect of the marketplace.

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Trauma as the Pre-condition and Consequence of Prostitution

The Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) hosted a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Ingeborg Kraus on September 16, 2016.

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, a psychologist from Karlsruhe, Germany, speaks about what she has learned listening to women with a diversity of experiences in prostitution and human trafficking. She illustrates the impacts of trauma in relation to prostitution and human trafficking.


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A Woman’s Journey Through Prostitution

The Sexual Exploitation Working Group (SEWG) hosted a Lunch & Learn with Rachel Moran on December 7, 2015.

Rachel discussed her experiences and aimed to dispel commonly accepted myths around the sex trade, including how she became involved in prostitution, why it was difficult to escape, and why she supports the Nordic Model in addressing the issue legislatively.


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Dirty Little Secret

Edmonton has a Dirty Little Secret; Sexual exploitation is an issue that impacts every community.

Street-based sex activities are often the most visible but only account for an estimated 20% of prostitution activities in Canada. The majority of activity occurs indoors and online.

Edmonton has another little secret – There is hope! We can stop sexual exploitation.


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