TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas is earning national recognition for its efforts to combat human trafficking.
An annual report from the "Polaris Project" puts Kansas in the top group of states in fighting human trafficking crimes. The report ranks Kansas in a tie for 11th-best overall.
Last year, the state ranked in the bottom third.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt credits a new state law for the jump. Enacted earlier this year, it increases services for human trafficking victims and strengthens support for enforcement of anti-human trafficking laws.
“This is dramatic national recognition of our strengthened commitment to human dignity that the Legislature enacted this year,” Schmidt said. “We have more work to do, but we’re making tremendous progress.”
Schmidt's office also established an anti-human trafficking unit.
Information on Polaris Project:
Polaris Project, based in Washington, D.C., describes itself as a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally, in part by pushing for stronger federal and state anti-human trafficking laws. Polaris also staffs the National Human Trafficking Hotline that can connect victims to local authorities and services.