La. improves its ranking in fighting child trafficking

Published: Nov. 14, 2013 at 2:28 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2013 at 2:28 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana now ranks second-best in the country for fighting sex trafficking, according to the group Shared Hope International.

The group says the state went from a grade of "C" in 2011 to an "A" this year.

State law enforcement officials say partnerships with the FBI have helped educate officers about human trafficking and also created more groups dedicated to stopping it.

"Six years ago you wouldn't have seen this," said State Police Col. Mike Edmundson. "That's just the unfortunate side of it. This partnership with the FBI makes a difference in Louisiana."

At the Capitol Wednesday, lawmakers, FBI agents, State Police and other state agencies considered several ideas for next year's legislative session. They included a database of child traffickers and potential laws to differentiate victims from criminals.