Feb 17, 2017 at 9:25 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The Stearns County Attorney's Office has made a video on the problems of sex trafficking in the St. Cloud area.
"The video is intended to be a community education piece. We have so many requests in the community to come out and talk about this,” said County Attorney Janelle Kendall.
The video will help local law enforcement and community advocates.
The public service announcement will also be shown to three congressional staff members next week.
The staffers will be from the offices of Congressman Tom Emmer, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Al Franken.
They will be meeting with law enforcement who have been on the front lines dealing with sex trafficking in the community.
In late January, Kendall traveled to Washington D.C. to talk about the strain sex trafficking has put on area and law enforcement.
"What we're proposing is a pilot project that's a combination of law enforcement and advocates that can help to deal with the persons who are in that life right now."
That trip, and the congressional staffers visits, are the first steps in securing funding for a full-time sex trafficking task force in the St. Cloud area.
There is no timetable or any promises of funding to form the proposed task force.
"We're going to do this whether we get additional resources or not, we can just dig a whole lot deeper and do it a whole lot better than coming across at happenstance, which is what we're trying to do right now," said Kendall.
She says the goal of the task force will be to go after the pimps and protect the victims who testify against them.