Southeast Minnesota’s first youth labor and sex trafficking shelter is expected to be running in September.
The Rochester shelter program is through Safe Harbor Minnesota and will take up to six trafficking victims and survivors (between the ages of 16-24) from anywhere in Minnesota. From providing educational classes and work-outreach opportunities to health evaluations, the shelter’s primary focus is caring for youth trafficking victims.
"This is a long term shelter program that will provide stabilization and opportunity for recovery. So regardless of what their issues are, they can be here. They can come in at age 16 and potentially stay until their 25th birthday and so there’s no charge for them to be here, we would help them through their initial recovery period if they’re needing chemical dependency, mental health services, we could definitely have that available to them. " Said Terri Allred of the Rochester Women’s Shelter.
Most of the shelter’s furnishings and items were donated by community members. Once all staff members are trained, the shelter is expected to begin running on September 1st.
A 24-hour crisis line is available for anyone in need of help at 507-285-1010. You can also visit the Rochester Women’s Shelter and Support Center here.
For more on the Safe Harbor law and other projects and shelters to combat trafficking click here.