The Minnesota lodging industry is an important partner in preventing sex trafficking. Two groups co-created training about sex trafficking awareness:
- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
- The Minnesota Lodging Association
Training requirements for businesses
Training is required annually. Visit the State resources for the Minnesota lodging industry.
Training topics include:
- The role of hotels and motels in preventing sex trafficking
- Support for trafficked youth at Safe Harbor Minnesota
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Other topics
Training materials are available in Somali, Spanish and Hmong.
In Minnesota, youth who engage in prostitution are viewed as victims and survivors, not criminals.
Businesses may use their own training if the training:
- Is approved by the MDH. For approval, contact
- Includes instruction on:
- What sex trafficking is
- How to recognize potential victims of sex trafficking
- How to identify activities commonly associated with sex trafficking
- Effective responses to trafficking situations, including how to report suspected sex trafficking to proper law enforcement officials
Some employees do not need to attend sex trafficking prevention training. This includes employees who:
- Are under the age of 16 years, unless they clean guest rooms
- Work only in a restaurant, providing catering services, or both
- Do not have contact with guests or guest rooms