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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput discusses a change in prosecution governing juvenile victims of prostitution. He was joined at a Friday news conference by other county attorneys and members of law enforcement, including Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague (center) and Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom (right). Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

County attorneys won't prosecute juvenile prostitutes

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ST. PAUL -- Underage prostitutes will be treated as victims and not criminals, top county attorneys from the Twin Cities area announced Friday.

Current state law, which defines juvenile prostitutes as both victims and delinquents of sex trafficking, is contradictory, attorneys from Washington, Dakota, Ramsey, Anoka and Carver counties said at a news conference.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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