More than two dozen states received failing grades in a new report that evaluates local measures to combat sex trafficking of young people in the United States.
Experts estimate at least 100,000 juveniles are victimized through prostitution each year. The survey by Shared Hope International calls for the U.S. to address child sex trafficking at the state level, and offers up report cards grading individual states on efforts embarked upon thus far.
The organization identified four policy issues that could be addressed to combat domestic minor sex trafficking: eliminating demand; prosecuting traffickers; identifying victims; and providing protection, access to services, and shelter for victims.
Read the full report here.