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7/6 Sol House: a safe harbor for trafficked youth

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Since 2011, children and teens in Minnesota who engage in prostitution are categorized as victims and survivors, not criminals.  The Safe Harbor law made that change four years ago, but two additional provisions went into effect just under a year ago.

One of those provisions means that sexually exploited youth can no longer be categorized as delinquent, and the other, called No Wrong Door, is a comprehensive effort to make sure communities across the state  have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively identify sexually exploited children and teens, and provide them with victim-centered trauma-informed services and safe housing.

One of these projects just opened in Duluth last month: Sol House, supportive housing for victims of sex trafficking operating under the auspices of Life House.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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