Uncovering sex trafficking in Duluth, Minnesota: Part one

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This is the first episode of season two, where Uncovering the truth in Minnesota will attempt to uncover and discuss the sex trafficking activity occurring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota.

This episode provides basic facts and statistics on sex trafficking in the state of Minnesota and features an interview with Theresa Fortliti, an executive director of an outreach program in St. Paul, Minnesota and a sex trafficking survivor.

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States.

We hope this episode will provide you with some insight into the criminal activity surrounding sex trafficking and provide a baseline of information in order to prepare for a deeper dive.

Info graphics courtesy of the 2018 Minnesota Crime Report

For more information regarding trafficking in Duluth, read this article at Lake Voice News.

Come back next week for part two.

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) — Duluth Trafficking Task Force


32 E 1st Street Suite 200

24-Hour Crisis Line — (218)726–1931

Office — (218)726–1442

American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)


24-hour hotline: (218)461–8505

Email them here

Human Trafficking Hotline


Text: 233733

Izabel Johnson

Izabel has always had a passion for reading, writing, and solving mysteries. These passions, along with the support of her family, friends, and coffee, are the driving forces behind Izabel’s work in investigative journalism. When she is not working, she is most likely spending time with friends and family or unwinding with some Netflix or a good book. Izabel is a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth and will graduate in December 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in communication.

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