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National Push to Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws

The International Labor Organization, a U.N. organization, estimates there are 1.5
million victims in developed economies worldwide, many of them children. In the United States, many of the crackdown efforts have focused on young girls forced into prostitution.

Lawmakers are making a renewed effort to strengthen human trafficking laws. As The National Conference of State Legislatures gathers in D.C, the selection of human trafficking as a topic for one of the two meetings legislators will have at the White House shows how crucial the once-ignored issue has become to state lawmakers, who have "seen a surprisingly sparse number of prosecutions" under existing laws.

See Polaris Project's State Rating Map on Combating Human Trafficking

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