Minnesota now has more than 3,000 cops, advocates trained in sex trafficking

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ST. PAUL -- During the past 2½ years, the Ramsey County attorney’s office has trained more than 3,000 law enforcement and community advocates across Minnesota in processing sex-trafficking cases and helping victims.

The training events and conferences were held in more than 22 cities and funded by a $700,000 appropriation made by the Legislature in 2013.

“These officers right now, they are really excited and jazzed up about doing john stings and doing everything they can to ensure that they have the right mindset in dealing with people and children that are being sexually exploited,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said at a news conference Thursday, prior to the penultimate training session.

The nature of the training sessions depended on the specific needs of the people attending. They ranged from general awareness and victim identification for front-line officers, to sophisticated seminars on electronic evidence for investigators.

Training videos are also available to both the public and law enforcement online, Choi said.

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