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  • Huffington Post: US States Are Getting Better At Combating Child Sex Trafficking (11/16/2015) - By: Eleanor Goldberg, The Huffington Post A number of states are cracking down on these crimes by better protecting victims, instead of criminalizing them. It remains a crime largely hidden from public view, but U.S. states are at least starting to take a more forthcoming approach to combating child sex trafficking. When Shared Hope, a […]
  • AP: Feds nab sex traffickers in SD: ‘catching awful lot of them’ (11/16/2015) - By: Sharon Cohen, Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It was an anonymous two-story house with an outdoor side staircase, nothing that looked ominous to Kevin Koliner when he passed by going to and from work. On one evening stroll, the federal prosecutor heard loud noises but figured it was just a party. Later, he’d […]
  • NPR: States Do Better Cracking Down On Child Sex Trafficking, Report Says (11/16/2015) - Transcript: Lina Wertheimer, WUNC Interview for NPR Now we bring you some good news coming from a nonprofit group that studies the problem of child sex trafficking. A new report being released today finds many U.S. states are doing a better job of halting this crime. NPR’s justice correspondent, Carrie Johnson, got an exclusive look […]
  • CBN News: Anti-Trafficking Laws Make Big Gains (11/16/2015) - By: Heather Sells, CBN News A national report card that grades states on their anti-trafficking laws shows dramatic progress in the last few years. Shared Hope International‘s 5th annual Protected Innocence Challenge report card, released Wednesday, reveals that half the states are earning an A or B on their report card, and none are failing. […]
  • World Magazine: States improve efforts to punish sex traffickers, rescue victims (11/16/2015) - By: Gaye Clark, World Magazine When the advocacy group Shared Hope released its first report card on efforts to combat sex trafficking of America’s children, 26 states received a failing grade. This year’s report card, released Wednesday, proved a surprise to Shared Hope founder, Linda Smith. “I was excited there were no Fs,” Smith said. […]

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  • TEXAS, MONTANA, MINNESOTA JOIN RANKS OF STRONGEST STATES IN NATION FOR CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS (11/11/2015) - Shared Hope International Releases State Report Cards to Reveal State of Trafficking Laws in U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C., Legislative advancements in 2015 scored Texas, Montana and Minnesota top spots in the nation for strongest laws to combat child sex trafficking, according to a new study by Shared Hope International. These states join Louisiana, Tennessee and Washington, […]
  • MICHIGAN NAMED MOST IMPROVED IN NEW STUDY ON CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS (11/11/2015) - Shared Hope International Releases State Report Cards to Reveal State of Trafficking Laws in U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C., Michigan was named the most improved state for its laws addressing child sex trafficking, according to a new study released by Shared Hope International. The Protected Innocence Challenge, a report on the state of child sex trafficking laws […]
  • NEW STUDY REVEALS MAJOR IMPROVEMENT IN OREGON LAWS TO FIGHT SEX TRAFFICKING (11/11/2015) - 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 […]

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