Vancouver-based Shared Hope International on Wednesday released its annual report called the Protect Innocence Challenge that analyzes each state’s laws addressing child sex trafficking. Washington was given a score of 93.5 or an A grade for its laws.
It was among 15 states that earned the top grade. Maine and South Dakota both got D’s. Nevada was the most improved state. Shared Hope has graded states since 2011.
While Washington earned a high grade, Shared Hope noted that “minors may be prosecuted for prostitution offenses unless diverted; if diverted, child sex trafficking victims can access specialized services.”