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Report: Patchwork of US state laws on human trafficking hampers efforts to crack down on crime
A new report says 41 states have failed to adopt strong penalties against human trafficking, and advocates say a patchwork of differing state laws makes it difficult for authorities to target the crime.
Dozens of states have enacted new measures against human trafficking and sex trafficking, and federal lawmakers have passed strict laws. But many states have yet to adopt laws to protect trafficked minors or penalize the traffickers.
A new report released Thursday by the advocacy group Shared Hope International highlights the issues.
It says four states ' Maine, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming ' have yet to impose any specific restrictions on the crime.
Associated Press writers Steve LeBlanc in Boston, Manuel Valdes in Seattle, Wash. and Steve Helber in Midlothian, Va., contributed to this report.