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Rape, sex trafficking increased in Minnesota in 2018

A 2018 Minnesota crime report revealed that though overall violent crimes decreased when compared to 2017, rapes reached their highest level in almost 25 years. The report was released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The Uniform Crime Report for 2018 was released on July 8 and provides a comprehensive look into the crime in Minnesota. In the report, murder, robberies and aggravated assault were down 6.7% as compared to the prior year. The Department of Public Safety commissioner wrote a letter to Gov. Waltz that accompanied the report. The letter detailed that 104 murders occurred in 2018; 25 of these individuals were killed by family members. Property crimes, such as larceny, burglary and arson, also decreased, with a decline of 8.9%. Property crimes make up approximately 90% of all reported crimes.

Rape and involuntary sex trafficking increased to a higher rate than seen in prior years. In total, 2,656 cases of rape were reported in 2018 compared to 2,429 in 2017, an increase of 9.3%. Human trafficking reports that occurred with involuntary sexual assault increased by 6%. Motor vehicle thefts continued to increase for the third year with an increase of 1% when compared to the year prior.

Those accused of committing a crime may feel overwhelmed with the criminal justice process. Many police officers feel pressured in order to solve crimes quickly, which means that those who don't understand the process may unknowingly give up some of their rights. A lawyer can help those who have been charged with a crime to understand the process and help him or her retain their rights. In this case, someone who was accused of a violent crime should be Mirandized upon detainment and should not be coerced into a confession. If this occurred, the charges may be reduced or dropped.

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