Thursday, September 25, 2008

US: Report Finds Gaps in Sex-Trafficking Enforcement

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - The report, released today, says pimps and customers don't face the same risk of arrest that prostitutes do.

Working as a prostitute in Chicago decades ago, Beth Jacobs said she frequently got arrested, caught by both undercover stings and uniformed police officers.

It wasn't the same for her customers or her pimp.

"My pimp never went to jail and I went all the time, because I was the one that was out there," said Jacobs, who now works as public policy coordinator for Breaking Free, an organization in St. Paul aimed at helping women out of prostitution.

It's a pattern that is often true in Minnesota, according to a Sex Trafficking Needs Assessment report released Monday at the state Capitol.

Changing that pattern to place pimps and customers in greater jeopardy is one of more than two dozen recommendations in the report...


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