12/01/2011 05:42 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2011

Shared Hope International Releases America's Child Sex Trafficking Report Card (VIDEO)

When it comes to child sex trafficking laws, America is earning a failing grade.

Shared Hope International, an organization seeking to put an end to the underage sex trade, awarded zero A's in its most recent report card assessing states and their child sex trafficking laws, the Associated Press reports.

Only four states -- Illinois, Missouri, Texas, and Washington -- earned B grades, while 26 states received failing marks.

"It's not to say you did bad, because the law was built over tens and hundreds of years in these states," said Linda Smith, president of Shared Hope International. "But to say if you want to have a strong place for children to be safe, then pass these laws."

For more in this story, scroll up and watch the video, above.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the president of Shared Hope International as Linda Pope. The Huffington Post regrets the error.

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