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Continued: Readers Write (Aug. 10): Police chief, St. Peter Hospital, the homeless, Heritage Square, same-sex marriage, toxic plants

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Everyone can do more to help stop problem

Once again, we read about human trafficking running rampant in our state (“Inhuman human trafficking in the news and on the screen,” Aug. 4). We like to think this problem doesn’t affect us here in the land of “Minnesota Nice,” but we are being “Minnesota Naïve.”

John Rash reports that the FBI has identified the Twin Cities among the top 13 places for child prostitution, and in outstate Minnesota, too, vulnerable girls and women are targeted, coerced, forced into lives of abuse and degradation.

It’s time we set aside our blinders and call up our strengths: volunteerism, problem-solving, ingenuity. Seek out and lend support to organizations in your area that provide shelter and assistance to runaways and other homeless people, and to victims of sexual and domestic assault.

Join the ranks of those who help exploited girls and women break free from prostitution, and help change the insidious ways that our culture supports the sex trade. Contact your legislators and civic leaders and urge effective law enforcement and judicial strategies to rescue children and adults from the stranglehold of pimps and “johns.”

Here in Minnesota, we like to champion clean air and water. Let’s clean up our streets and back roads, too. Let’s get known as “Minnesota Safe.”

LISA WERSAL, Vadnais Heights

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TOXIC PLANTS

Beware of day lilies

A word of caution about these popular flowers: Lilies are highly toxic to cats (“Day lilies having their day in the sun” Aug. 7). Just nibbling on a tiny bit of leaf or petal will cause their kidneys to shut down. The effects are fatal if not treated immediately. We lost our much beloved five-year-old cat last summer after cutting some lilies from our garden and putting them in a vase on our dining room table.

KRIS BUTLER, St. Paul

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