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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Which States Are Doing Most To Stem Slavery?

First Posted: 01/11/2012 3:30 pm   Updated: 01/11/2012 5:28 pm

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day highlights the fact that it's no longer possible to have a "not in my backyard" attitude about modern-day slavery.

The United States currently has between 100,000 and 300,000 prostituted children, with the average age of entry into prostitution for girls being 12-14 years old, and even younger for boys, according to the Polaris Project, which combats human trafficking across the country.

Though the issue is growing, discovering and prosecuting instances of the crime is difficult. AP recently reported that while some states have cracked down on internal trafficking, the variation in laws implemented by states makes it hard to target and combat the problem.

Find out which states have the strongest laws for human trafficking, and click here to get information and resources about trafficking in your state.

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The Polaris Project, a nonprofit combatting human trafficking in the United States, has ranked the 10 most important state statutes that should be enforced to prevent or end human trafficking. Having implemented 7-9 of the 10 statutes, California is one of the states that does the most to stop trafficking.

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Filed by Emily Heinz  |