Minnesota is a leading fighter against human trafficking, and the state could soon make an impact across the country.
At a breakfast fundraiser Monday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., announced plans to introduce anti-trafficking legislation to the U.S. Senate.
Minnesota state leaders say the city of St. Paul is setting an example and decreasing the demand by arresting more than 200 men this year for exchanging sex for money.
The state also partners with organizations that can help identify women and children as victims, not criminals.
The audience at the Wednesday fundraiser heard from one of those victims.
"I'm 42 today and I got started when I was 16 ... and I just recently got out of the life four months ago," she told the crowd. "I thought this was what I was going be doing for the rest of my life until I was in my casket, buried."
Minnesota hotels are also part of the fight, with managers on the lookout. They make routine phone calls to police to report strange activity.