Human trafficking is a real issue in our city and can feel overwhelming. We are making it super easy to support local organizations and take real action. 

Register for the NOT IN OUR CITY 5K Virtual Race today and run/walk January 26th through February 5th! 

Human trafficking is a real issue in our city

Human trafficking of women and children is the fastest growing crime in the world and it’s happening here. 

Major events, like the Super Bowl, make it worse - but it's happening every day in every county across MN. 

 Taking action is easy - but we have to do it together. 

Join us in supporting the local organizations working around the clock in the fight to support victims and fight human trafficking. They are making lasting change here in the Twin Cities and beyond.  

100% of proceeds will go to organizations supporting victims in MN.

The Need

12-14 Years Old

Average age that victims enter into sexual exploitation. (1)

$150 Billion Dollars

Human trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion industry worldwide, making it the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise. (3)

26,000 Men

A national study published in 2014 estimated that 14% of men in the United States report having ever paid for sex, and 1% report having done so during the previous year. This would mean approximately 26,000 men may have purchased sex in the past year in MN. (5)  

Over $547,000 

The Polaris Project estimates that a pimp with a “stable” of three girls/women, will make $547,000 (or more) in one year. (2)

213 Girls

A November 2010 study found that each month in Minnesota, at least 213 girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services. (4)

Married Men / Buying Violence

A study published in 2017 by the University of MN confirms that sex buyers are predominantly middle-aged, white, married men from across the state. They are not necessarily purchasing a person or sex act, but rather a sexual experience shaped by power, control and violence. (6)

Stories and Testimonials

Kaiya's Story

"When I heard the stories of some women who had been trapped in trafficking, all the petty problems I had been worrying about that day seemed like nothing. Those women go through nightmares everyday that I can barely imagine. I realized how privileged I actually am. I do not have to worry about where I am going to sleep or who I am going to have to sleep with. I do not have to worry about what might happen to me every single night.  

As I listened to these women's stories, it dawned on me that I couldn't just walk away from this. It is impossible to look into those women's eyes, hear the atrocities they went through, and continue to go about my daily business. These are real women. This is real life. This is not fiction."

Julia's Story

"I care about human trafficking in our city because it is a big deal. Usually when people think of trafficking, they think it happens in other countries. They don’t really think of it in their own city. We need to raise awareness that it is in our city. It is heartbreaking knowing a lot of people don’t feel safe in this city because of human trafficking.  

No one should be scared to go outside and live his or her life. People should not have to be afraid of getting taken and used. Everyone should feel safe where he or she lives. We need to do something about this so everyone can feel safe and no more people have to go through human trafficking."