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An even bigger portion are closed — found to be either unfounded or not prosecutable. “I want to see the kits tested if the victim intended them to be tested,” said Caroline Palmer, public and legal affairs director for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Every couple of months, seven people — several cops, a prosecutor, a nurse, a survivor advocate — gather around a table at the Duluth police department and pore over hundreds of files.
Still, state law requires the kits be kept at least until cases are closed — and with some dating to the early 1990s, state officials have to figure out what to do with them. There’s a reason Duluth put together the committee and got the first federal grant of its kind in the state to pay for it.The Twin Cities is among the 13 metropolitan areas in the U. that have the highest incidence rates of child sex trafficking, according to the FBI.And because Washington County is a hub for major highway connections, sex work is often headquartered there.Those accusations now form part of a comprehensive investigation by Victoria Police's Taskforce SANO. It often occurs to me that this band of defenders, who shrink with each day in number as the allegations pile up, have painted themselves into a corner and now flail about, trying to come up with something to throw back at those who would tumble down their rather shaky house of cards.But it also strikes me that when you are someone, like they are, who interprets everything in the world from a single, unshakeable, ideological standpoint, you make the erroneous assumption that everyone else does too. Journalists, unlike people who rant at clouds for a living, are constantly required to look into things that perhaps challenge our world view.