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How Does Your State Rank on Human Trafficking Laws?

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Does your state have the basic legal framework in place to combat human trafficking, punish trafficker, and supports survivors? The Polaris Project recently released their 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, which examines the progress states have made in passing legislation to combat both labor and sex trafficking.

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According to the report:

  • 39 states passed new laws to fight human trafficking in the past year
  • As of July 31, 2013, 32 states are now rated in Tier 1 (7+ points), up from 21 states in 2012
  • New Jersey and Washington have perfect scores, meaning they have laws fulfilling all 10 categories
  • 4 states were most improved this year: Arkansas, Wyoming, Mississippi and New Jersey

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(Via: FRC Blog)

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • Drew Born

    over 150 women a month are trafficked in Michigan

  • Areyoumymumy Martin


  • Timothy Johnson

    I’m afraid I don’t find this graph particularly helpful. Am I to conclude that the passage or presence of some quantity of laws is the most important sign of progress in the fight against human trafficking? Without a commitment and will to enforce these laws, the mere addition of more words won’t help. I’d like to see how the prevalence of Human Trafficking correlates with the given illustration.