1/3 of homeless teens are approached by a trafficker for prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home

We cannot rely upon the silenced to tell us they are suffering.

- Hanan Ashra

2015 study finds 9,312 homeless people in Minnesota - 16% being youth & young adults on their own.

What is Sexual Exploitation?

Who is at Risk?

Though sexual exploitation occurs in every community regardless of age, race, social-economic status, or other demographics, there are several factors that place certain communities at higher risk for sexual exploitation:

  • Poverty

  • A history of prior physical and/or sexual abuse

  • Those that are runaways, homeless and/or live in a group homes

  • Addiction

What is Grooming?

It is the process used by sexual exploiters to lure and trick their victims. Exploiters will often convince victims that they can give them what they want or need. 

Signs a person is being groomed include:

  • They have expensive clothing, gifts, or multiple phones with out plausible explanation.

  • They have an older significant other or friend. the victim will often start spending more time with this person than their real friends.

  • Through no fault of the victim, sexual exploiters often deceive them by posing as significant others who promise to care for them. 

Red Flags:

Child runs away | Sexually Transmitted Diseases | Pregnancies | Social Isolation | Low self-esteem | Signs of violence, such as cuts & bruises | Truancy issues | Mental and/or physical health problems | Older Significant other or friend | Tattoos they would rather not talk about

Help is Available:

Services & Crisis Line:

Call: 866-747-5008

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Mental Health Services:

Call: 218-999-9908

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If you suspect Sexual Exploitation of a minor: 
Crisis Intervention, First Call For Help: 
Call: 211
Call: 911

CASE (Community Against Sexual Exploitation) is a community task force whose mission is of create public awareness of sexual exploitation. CASE brings law enforcement, the court system, human service providers, medical community, school districts, St. Joseph's Child Protection Task Force, churches and concerned community members together to achieve the following: 

  • Increase community awareness and understanding of sexual exploitation/trafficking. 

  • Prevention - Protection for Victims - Prosecution of Perpetrators 

  • Provide information to: law enforcement, child protection, schools, medical community, tourism and the general public to better serve victims of sexual exploitation. 

Welcome to CASE

There are 100,000 to 300,000 underage girls being sold for sex in America.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 

Call: 888-373-7888

Text 2pm - 10pm: text HELP to 233733

CASE wants you to know about sexual exploitation and the impact it has on our youth in Minnesota and even right here in Itasca County. Minor Commercial Sexual Exploitation occurs when someone under the age of 24 engages in commercial sexual activity. A commercial sexual activity occurs when anything of value or a promise of anything of value (e.g., money, drugs, food, shelter, rent, or higher status in a gang or group) is given to a person by any means in exchange for any type of sexual activity. A third party may or may not be involved. The Safe Harbor law went into effect in Minnesota in 2014. Under this law exploited youth are no longer considered criminals (prostitutes) but rather victims and survivors of sexual exploitation.

Want to help CASE?

Donate to CASE via the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation CASE fund. 

  • In person: Bring your donation to GRACF office. 

  • By Mail: Send your donation to: GRACF 350 NW 1st Ave, Suite E, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

  • Online: Click the "Donate Now" button.

Be Sure to: 

  • Make checks payable to "GRACF"

  • Write CASE on the memo line

  • Include your mailing information to obtain your receipt. 

The average age that children are exploited in the U.S. is 12-14 years old. 

Thank you for visiting the CASE webpage! If you would like to find out more about CASE, give us feedback, or schedule a presentation please feel free to send us an email. 

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