Sex Trade Survivor Services

Victim/survivors come from every background, age, race, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, culture, and economic status. Many times, those who have been sexually exploited do not identify or appear to be victims on the surface. Involvement in the life or industry is often a result of a lack of choices. Many victims are groomed into the industry through sexual abuse and prior childhood trauma. For many, trading sex to meet their basic needs is the only way they can survive. No one chooses to be sexually abused and exploited.

Anyone can be commercially sexually exploited. Examples of CSE include survival sex/rape, prostitution, pornography, escorting, erotic massage, stripping, exotic dancing, burlesque, webcamming, or sugar daddy arrangements.

Minnesota law states sex trafficking involves a third party who aids in the above (including driving, facilitating, or profiting from the prostitution of another).

Learn more about Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking (CSET), resources, research, etc. 

CMSAC Trading Sex handout

CSET in Central MN Handout

A Parent’s Guide to Safe Harbor

Statistics & Resources

Safe Harbor Resource List

Parent Education Packet  (teaching youth media literacy, technology safety, harm of porn, sexting, etc.)

Who We Serve

CMSAC serves youth and adults of all gender identities who have experienced sexual violence, including sex trading/commercial sexual exploitation.

Our Program

CMSAC’s Safe Harbor program has been funded by the Minnesota Department of Health since 2014 to provide services to victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

CMSAC staff has been trained by national experts on service delivery and best practices for working with survivors of CSET. CMSAC has been trained in the facilitation of the following national, evidence-based curriculum for CSET prevention and intervention: #Not A Number, My Life My Choice, and Ending the Game.



WOW logoWomen of Worth (W.O.W.) Group 

W.O.W. is an empowering, female-responsive, and trauma-informed education/support group that addresses various topics relevant to women who have been involved in the sex trade.  CMSAC uses the Ending the Game curriculum developed by Sowers Education Group. W.O.W. is a closed group (10 weekly sessions) that runs in cycles based on client demand. Give us a call to schedule an intake!


Not A Number Group

Not A Number is a trafficking/sexual exploitation prevention education curriculum for youth ages 12-18 of all gender identities. This five or four-session curriculum can be implemented in middle and high school classrooms, treatment centers, residential programs, and community settings. The curriculum provides an interactive, age-appropriate program that addresses human trafficking, recruitment/grooming tactics, healthy relationships, skill-building to navigate risky situations, and encourages youth to identify healthy support systems and local resources.

Call us to inquire about implementing this group at your agency!

Learn more about Not A Number curriculum and program outline HERE.


Safety Planning

We can assist you in:

  • making a safety plan if you are currently or could potentially be in a dangerous situation
  • applying for a Harassment Restraining Order or Order For Protection
  • applying for the Safe At Home program
  • finding emergency safe housing in Minnesota


CMSAC does consistent monthly outreach with high-risk youth and adults of all genders at jails, group homes, and treatment facilities in our service area, (e.g. Recovery Plus, Journey Home, Prairie House, and Maple Lake Recovery). We visit various group homes and facilities regularly to present and lead small groups. If your agency would like us to host a psycho-educational group (for adolescents or adults) at your facility, please contact us!


Professional Trainings & Community Education Presentations

CMSAC offers the following community presentations and professional trainings listed HERE. Please contact the Trafficking Services Coordinator if interested in learning more about the presentations we offer.


Offender Program: Men Accountable for Sexual Exploitation (MASE) 

CMSAC has developed and runs the MASE (a.k.a. John School) for men who have been convicted of soliciting a person in prostitution. Click HERE to learn more.

I have identified someone who may be a victim of sexual exploitation or trafficking. What should I do now?

Our referral process is simple- just give us a call! We have many victim/survivors call us directly themselves, but also receive referrals from law enforcement, schools, mental health centers, medical professionals, treatment centers, etc.

In immediate danger and emergency cases, please dial 911.


Referrals to other agencies who serve sexually-exploited/trafficked youth and adults:

  • For Youth
  • For Adults
    • Terebinth Refuge of Waite Park
      • (Faith-based) Safe housing for women age 18+
      • Contact: 320-828-7721
    • PRIDE Program (The Family Partnership) of Minneapolis
      • Services for youth and adults
      • Contact: 612-728-2062
    • Breaking Free of St. Paul
      • Safe housing and services for women 18+
      • Contact: 651-645-6557