In 2017 in Minnesota, 2,525 people were exploited.

There were also 401 trafficking investigations with 182 arrests and 96 charges.

1.3% of Minnesota's high school students traded sex for something of value in 2019. 


During spring 2020, Safe Avenues saw a 30% increase in calls.

Sexual exploitation is not only in Minnesota, it's right here in our rural communities. 


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What Will Our 2021 Campaign Fund in Kandiyohi County?

  • Fuel direct victim assistance through our partner organization, Safe Avenues

  • Provide flexibility to our partner organizations to design programs that will best serve our community’s needs amid the shadow pandemic (an increase in domestic and sexual violence)

  • Extend new grant funding to support additional Trauma Informed Care training, further expanding the reach to additional professionals in Kandiyohi County that work with children, youth and families (TIC Phase 1.0.)

  • Offer a second grant to previous Trauma Informed Care grantees that work with children, youth, and families to further support their work in building trauma informed care capacity (TIC Phase 2.0)

  • Broaden awareness of the intersectionality issues impacting sexual exploitation in our county to help prevent and stop the cycle

  • Distribute educational materials through print and social media 

About the Willmar Area Women's Fund:

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The Willmar Area Women’s Fund helps fund and fuel the work of our partner organizations Safe Avenues, Lutheran Social Services and the Kandiyohi County Human Trafficking Task Force. These organizations work to stop sexual exploitation, assist victims and prevent the occurrence of exploitation locally. The goals of the Willmar Area Women’s Fund are: to raise funds, broaden awareness of and provide training around sexual exploitation and to expand this work to include trauma informed care training and awareness building in Kandiyohi County.
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