BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana has been named the top state in the nation for its laws against child sex trafficking, according to a study released by Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking organization. The 2014 Protected Innocence Challenge marks the fourth year the organization has analyzed and graded every state on its laws that pertain to domestic minor sex trafficking.
Louisiana joined Washington and Tennessee as the only three states in the nation to earn an "A" on the 2013 Protected Innocence Challenge.
In 2011, the first year Report Cards were released, Louisiana was barely average, earning a mere 70 percent. After three years of substantial legislative advancements, Louisiana ranks first in the nation with a 96 percent, earning a perfect score in five of six categories.
"Shared Hope's report cards have been pivotal in the shaping and progress of Louisiana's laws," Kara Van de Carr, Founder and President of Eden House said. "Shared Hope is a leader in legislative advocacy for survivors and has assisted Louisiana become a national leader in the protection of survivors in our State."