The number is estimated to be between 200,000 to 400,000, and depending on what reports you read that number could be well over 400,000.
Why such a high number? For budgetary reasons. It's honorable that some of the world's wealthiest have banded together to fight such diseases such as malaria and AIDS. Even fighting the evils of cancer and diabetes brings the battle closer to home.
But what is this number I'm talking about?
Untested rape and DNA kits. The evidence linking victims with the perpetrators.
Imagine for a moment, you're the victim of a violent sexual assault. Or your daughter, son, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, father, brother, uncle are the victim of a brutal murder or rape. Horrible to imagine, right? Imagine for a moment that this vicious act took place years ago, decades ago, and the evidence of the crime is sitting, untested, in an evidence locker, waiting to be chosen.
In a simple rudimentary search, the cost of testing these kits range from as little as $600 to $2000. That's a rough number of $240 million to $800 million just to clear the books.
How many crimes could be solved, and how many future crimes could be prevented, by having these kits tested and the perpetrators sent away?