Juvenile sex trafficking is an egregious violation of human rights and Minnesota has among the worst records in the nation. In response, WATCH is focusing its research on judicial policies and practices in juvenile sex trafficking cases in Hennepin and Ramsey courts. During the multi-year project, WATCH will produce two in-depth sex trafficking reports,  the first one focused on sex traffickers and the second on sex buyers.

The first report published in 2016 provides in-depth analysis of prosecutorial charging practices for sex traffickers in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, as well as a careful look at how the cases are being resolved, what the sentences are, and how the two counties compare in their handling of trafficking cases. The report includes specific recommendations for amending the sex trafficking statute, instituting a charging protocol for sex trafficking cases and re-thinking sentencing practices.

WATCH will now work with legislators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and judges to make these recommendations come to fruition.

The second report which will be published in 2017, will focus on monitoring and assessing how sex trafficking buyers are charged and resolved Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, as well as a how the two counties compare in their handling of cases involving sex trafficking buyers.