Last week, the respected anti-human trafficking organization, Shared Hope International, released its annual Protected Innocence Challenge scorecard. This assessment reviews the laws and policies in each state and gives every state a “grade” based on its overall anti-trafficking efforts.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt reports, “I am pleased to report that this year, for the first time, Kansas received an “A.”
He goes on to say, “Let me put this in context. In 2011, the first year Shared Hope issued its rankings, Kansas scored an “F.” In announcing the Kansas grade this year, Shared Hope reports that our state is the third most-improved since 2011 and is one of only two states that has climbed from an “F” all the way to an “A.” Kansas now is one of only eight states that receive an “A” rating.”
“The improvement resulted from the hard work and commitment of the Kansas legislature. The anti-human trafficking legislation enacted in 2005, 2010, 2013, 2015 and earlier this year cumulatively has built a strong foundation that makes this coordinated anti-trafficking work possible.” fastest-growing criminal
State Representative Bill Sutton adds, “I’m proud to have been a part of this effort Combatting the buying and selling of human beings, often children, for sex or labor is deplorable. We’ve made excellent progress, as this “A” grade attests, but human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal categories worldwide. We’ve got to remain vigilant and react to the changing dynamics of this enterprise.”