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No Wrong Door: Help for sexually exploited youth

No Wrong Door’s mission is to fight against the sexual exploitation of youth. We provide a range of services to help young survivors heal, including access to health care, counseling, emergency shelter, and case management. Our services are culturally aware, trauma-informed, and supportive of the LGBTQI+ community.

We also work with communities and law enforcement partners to raise public awareness and bring traffickers to justice.

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No Wrong Door is more than a name. It’s a promise to young people experiencing exploitation that no matter where they enter the system, they can get help.

No Wrong Door is a part of the Safe Harbor network — a statewide network of victim-centered, trauma-informed services and safe housing.

Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor Law in 2011 to protect victims and survivors, treat them with dignity, and direct them to supportive services. Safe Harbor makes sure that sexually exploited youth are treated like victims, not criminals. Look for the Safe Harbor Regional Navigator in your community as a point of contact for information and to connect you with services for youth.

Learn more about Safe Harbor and the No Wrong Door service model.

To find your Regional Navigator and other services in the area, view the Safe Harbor Map (PDF).

Minneapolis is one of the top locations in the United States for child sex trafficking.

Traffickers prey on youth who are already vulnerable. These vulnerabilities may include birth into a historically disenfranchised community, early childhood trauma, involvement in the child welfare system, and a lack of support at school or at home. There are many complex paths that can lead a youth to the moment of exploitation.

Traffickers use violence, coercion, fraud, or manipulation to compel a young person to engage in a sex act in exchange for something of value, such as money, drugs, food, shelter, rent, or membership/higher status in a gang or group. Traffickers will not always appear as traffickers — often times they may be the youth’s partner, friend, or manager.

Sex trafficking and exploitation is modern slavery and child abuse. It has severe, sometimes devastating effects on a victim’s mental and physical health for the rest of their life, and places them on a continuum of trauma.

Learn more about trafficking

In Hennepin County

If you suspect someone is being trafficked

Services statewide

Identify the signs of sexual exploitation

  • Money and belongings without an obvious source
  • Unexplained absences
  • Having unexplained hotel cards or pictures taken in hotel rooms
  • Tattoos, brands or markings, which may be name of trafficker, cost code, other ways of being marked
  • Searching applications or websites linked to sex trafficking
  • Signs of a physical and emotional relationship with an older person
  • Bruising, burns, scars, malnutrition, repeated or ongoing illnesses, broken bones or extreme fatigue
  • Trauma symptoms such as hypervigilance or constant agitation

We are thankful to our contracted partners for helping us to serve youth. Check them out.

Annex Teen Clinic

Annex Teen Clinic is a sexual health clinic serving young people through age 25 with education and clinical services. They provide a full range of low-cost sexual health services including clinic services, referrals, follow-up, and education. All services are confidential, and no one is turned away for the inability to pay. Visit Annex online.

Children's Minnesota/ Midwest Children's Resource Center

Midwest Children's Resource Center is a child advocacy center and clinic within Children's Minnesota that provides a variety of services to victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Their program has multiple components: a medical clinic, a child advocacy center, and connection with community resources to provide a team approach to cases. Visit the center's website.

The Link

The Link is a youth-centered community-based agency that provides 23 programs within three areas — housing and supportive services, juvenile justice alternative programs, and Safe Harbor programs that include specialized shelter and housing for youth who have been trafficked or exploited. All of The Link's programs have been co-designed with youth who have lived experiences of involvement in the juvenile justice system, sex trafficking, and/or homelessness. Check out The Link online.

If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call 888-373-7888 or text 233733.

National Runaway Safeline

Call 800-786-2929.

RAINN: Rape Abuse + Incest National Network

Call 800-656-4673.

Other

View other crisis line options (PDF).

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