Oregon’s First Federal Sentencing of Buyer Who Purchased Sex with Minor Results in Two Years in Prison

On November 19, 2014, Oregon issued its first federal sentence for a buyer of sex with a child. Ben Allen Riggs, 64, of Oregon City was sentenced in the District of Oregon under federal charges for transporting a person across state lines for purposes of engaging in prostitution – a federal offense under the Mann [...]

Why Some State’s Stricter Laws are Creating a Threat of Trafficking for Others

New Study by Shared Hope International Reveals One of America’s Greatest Threats Is Going Dangerously Unaddressed WASHINGTON, D.C., Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year. While many states have worked aggressively to combat the crime by strengthening state laws, several states have slipped dangerously behind the nation, according to a new [...]

Washington Named One of Three Toughest States Against Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C., Washington’s laws pertaining to child sex trafficking were named some of the strongest in the nation, according to a new study by Shared Hope International. The Protected Innocence Challenge reports on the sufficiency of state laws relating to domestic minor sex trafficking. Washington earned a 92.5 per cent and is one of only [...]

Absence of Critical Law Threatens Virginia’s Kids at Risk for Trafficking

Why Some State’s Stricter Laws Are Creating a Threat of Trafficking for Others WASHINGTON, D.C. – Virginia is the only state in the nation that lacks a law against human trafficking for sexual exploitation, a crime that impacts an estimated 100,000 U.S. children each year. According to a new study by Shared Hope International, Virginia [...]

South Dakota at Risk of Becoming Trafficking Destination

Why Some State’s Stricter Laws Are Creating a Threat of Trafficking for Others WASHINGTON, D.C., South Dakota’s laws pertaining to child sex trafficking were named some of the weakest in the nation, according to a new study by Shared Hope International. The Protected Innocence Challenge reports on the sufficiency of state laws relating to domestic [...]

Is Oregon Finally out of Sex Trafficking Hotseat?

A New Study by Shared Hope International Shows Oregon’s Efforts May be Paying Off WASHINGTON, D.C., Portland is believed to have the highest rate of strip clubs per capita and has been dubbed “Pornland,” but a new study by Shared Hope International shows Oregon’s effort to crack down on trafficking may be paying off. According [...]

Louisiana Named Top in Nation for Strong Child Sex Trafficking Laws in National Study

Louisiana Overtakes Tennessee for Top Spot on Child Sex Trafficking Study  WASHINGTON, D.C., Louisiana has been named the top state in the nation for its laws against child sex trafficking, according to a study released by anti-trafficking organization Shared Hope International. The 2014 Protected Innocence Challenge marks the fourth year Shared Hope has analyzed and [...]

Florida’s Steady Climb to the Top for Strongest Laws Against Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year in the U.S. but Florida is fighting back. Florida improved its laws to address child sex trafficking every year since 2011. Today, anti-trafficking organization Shared Hope International released its fourth annual study on the state of child sex trafficking laws in [...]

Unlikely Duo Spurs Colorado to Strengthen Trafficking Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C., Child sex trafficking affects an estimated 100,000 American children each year in the U.S. This staggering statistic may be one of the few that could cause political adversaries to become issue allies. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, an evangelical Christian ministry, was inspired by an interview with Shared Hope International [...]

2014 State Grades on Child Sex Trafficking Laws Exposes Growing Gap Between States

Media Contacts: Taryn Offenbacher, 602.818.3955, Taryn@sharedhope.org ***MEDIA ALERT*** 2014 State Grades on Child Sex Trafficking Laws Exposes Growing Gap Between States October 29, 2014 (Washington D.C.) On November 6, in Washington, D.C., Shared Hope International will release the 4th Annual Protected Innocence Challenge—the most comprehensive study on state child sex trafficking laws. The findings will [...]

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