Kansas’ grade in the prevention of human-trafficking has risen for the fifth-consecutive year.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release Monday that Shared Hope International, a victim advocacy group that seeks to end sex trafficking and exploitation of women and children, gave Kansas an 88.5 out of 100 in their efforts to combat human trafficking in 2016.
That’s up from a score of 80 last year.
“We appreciate Shared Hope’s recognition of the good progress Kansas is making to combat human trafficking,” Schmidt said in the release. “I look forward to working closely with the Legislature next year on additional measures to raise awareness of this terrible crime and continue making a positive difference for victims.”
Schmidt said combating human trafficking in Kansas has been a priority of his, specifically mentioning a 2013 piece of legislation that led to improvements in the prosecution of offenders and increased support for victims.
Schmidt has seen Kansas’ letter grade from Shared Hope rise from an “F” to a “B” since taking office as Attorney General in 2011.