AG says state’s grade rising regarding human trafficking

Kansas’ ranking from an international human trafficking victim advocacy group has risen for the fifth year in a row, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Since 2011, Shared Hope International, a victim advocacy group that seeks to end sex trafficking and exploitation of women and children worldwide, has issued report cards for states through its Protected Innocence Challenge. The “grade” Kansas received from Shared Hope Inter­national for its efforts to combat human trafficking has increased from 80.5 last year to 88 out of a possible 100 for 2016.

According to Schmidt, since he took office as attorney general in 2011, Kansas’ score has risen from an “F” to a “B.”

Schmidt, along with the governor, proposed comprehensive legislation in 2013 to strengthen Kansas law against human trafficking. The new law has resulted in more effective prosecution, additional training and better support for victims.

“We appreciate Shared Hope’s recognition of the good progress Kansas is making to combat human trafficking,” Schmidt said. “I look forward to working closely with the Legislature next year on additional measures to raise awareness of this terrible crime and continue making a positive difference for victims.”

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