In an effort to support the awareness of human trafficking and its direct impact on Saint Paul and its surrounding communities, the Junior League of Saint Paul (JLSP) is introducing the Wear Blue Campaign: A new social media fueled fundraiser and advocacy campaign aimed at bringing awareness to Human Trafficking in the Twin Cities. As the Twin Cities prepares to host the Superbowl this year, the Junior League of Saint Paul has been a key partner in the conversations surrounding how to heighten the awareness among our city's residents to do everything we can to stop the spread of human trafficking. Minnesota studies have found that 14-20% of homeless youth have engaged in survivalsex (providing sex in exchange for food, shelter, money, etc.), i.e. have been sexually exploited. During the week of January 29th, members of JLSP will 'Wear Blue' to spark conversation and educate others about this prevalent and widespread issue that affects our city every day.
The funds raised make possible the work of the Junior League of Saint Paul: promoting voluntary service, developing the potential of women and improving the community. Following the campaign a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities whose aim is to aid women and girls to escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Each month in Minnesota at least 213 underage girls are sold for sex an average of five times per day through the Internet and escort services. This number does not include hotel, street or gang activity. Please consider donating and wearing blue the week of January 29th with JLSP.