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A fighting chance for exploited kids

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Minnesota is trying a different tack to help young people trapped in the sex trade: Treat them like abused kids needing help and support, not like criminals.

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Minnesota’s Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Law went into full effect Friday.

The law decriminalizes prostitution charges for youth under 18, increases the penalties for buyers (Johns), and creates a statewide system for helping sexually exploited youth.

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