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Minnesota's Department of Transportation isn't the first state department you'd think of if you were trying to combat sex and labor trafficking in the state, but as Angela Forsythe points out, transportation of the victim is almost always involved.

And unfortunately, thanks to ports, railroads and major highways, not to mention big events like the Super Bowl that draw crowds to the state, Minnesota is a hotbed for the buying and selling of human beings.

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Director Kelly Mullen takes us behind the scenes of Boy Gets Girl, the next production of the St. Scholastica Theater Department.

It's a show chosen to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but the young actors discovered, to their surprise, that when they talked about the show to their family and friends, everyone had a story - to one degree or another - related to stalking or sexual violence.

PAVSA's not going it alone any more.

Candy Harshner, the executive director of the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, says she knew that for sure this week.

A patrol officer told her that he knows, now, when he meets someone who's been sexually assaulted, the first thing he says to that person will either help them begin their healing journey or make it make it worse for them.