By Teri Knight, News Director
A Faribault man with previous domestic assault convictions is back in jail
Nfld Rotarians tackle human trafficking and sexual exploitation
The Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self and for Northfield Rotarians, they’re taking on a serious issue. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Northfield Rotarian, Todd Thompson explains, “human trafficking involves the sale of adults and children for commercial, sexual servitude or forced labor. Anyone can be a victim but the majority are girls and young women”. Forty percent of sex trafficking involves a minor. Rotarian Emily Fulton Foley is also the Executive Director of the Northfield Union of Youth, she added that there’s a difference between sex trafficking and sex exploitation, “trafficking involves a third person, so there’s the victim, the purchaser and then there’s the person who’s controlling the victim. Exploitation is a power differential where sexual favors are being exchanged for something else and often it’s basic needs”. She said social services see a lot of sexual exploitation and that it’s not often reported. In 2015, the latest numbers out, Foley says, Minnesota was in the top five in sex trafficking, adding, “we know that we had over 300 adults and almost a thousand young people, boys and girls, who were the victim of sex trafficking in the State of Minnesota, and that’s simply what was reported”. She said the issue is tied to several things including supply and demand, mental health, basic needs and power dynamics. The Rotary’s aim is a three-pronged approach to build awareness throughout the community, listen to our young people and then be able to react. Educating youth on understanding internet interactions and making sure they know about the safe harbor law are priorities. I have information on the Safe Harbor Law which was passed in Minnesota in 2011 to offer help to underage children. Click on that link for more complete information. In early 2017, the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force and the MN BCA were alerted by Northfield Police of possible prostitution at the Mystic Massage parlor on Hwy 3 operated by a Northfield man. Charges were dropped against Zuqiu Chen, however he was picked up by ICE and returned to China.