11 Worst States For Human Trafficking In America

Human trafficking tends to make Americans think of far-flung, developing countries. Unfortunately, children, women, and men are taken and forced into work against their will, all the time, right here. The number of people trafficked in the United States is difficult to estimate, but the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that there are approximately 100,000 children in the U.S. forced into sex trafficking every year. And many more thousands of adults are enslaved, as well. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 11 worst states for human trafficking in America.

Their scorecard is meant to be a catalyst for change, and it is. Polaris has helped pass 40 new laws in more than half the states in the U.S. Three of the worst states from last year—Arkansas, Montana, and Wyoming—greatly improved their scores this year. Senior policy counsel for Polaris, James Dold, says, “As a matter of fact, Arkansas was the most improved, followed by Wyoming. You can also check our list of the 11 Countries with the Highest Rates of Human Trafficking in the World.

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