Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Gets 'B' on Report ; Sex Trafficking Grade Revised

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Gets 'B' on Report ; Sex Trafficking Grade Revised

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Kansas' grade for child sex trafficking has improved from a "C" to a "B."

Each state is graded annually by an organization called Shared Hope International, which examines legislation on domestic child sex trafficking.

The initial grade Shared Hope gave Kansas earlier this month was a "C." Upon further inspection, the organization raised it a letter grade.

The improved score -- from 78 to 80.5 -- was because of a change in wiretapping laws. Previously wiretapping wasn't allowed in human trafficking investigations.

Rachel Harper, policy counsel with Shared Hope, said Kansas statute 22-2515 now allows wiretapping to be used in cases of human trafficking, aggravated human trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child and commercial sexual exploitation of a child. …

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