Massachusetts Given Negative National Ranking for its Legal Tools to Combat Human Trafficking

BOSTON – Massachusetts has been given a negative rating by a leading national advocacy organization for its lack of legal tools to combat human trafficking.  The Polaris Project ranked all states based on the presence or absence of 10 categories of state laws that it believes are critical to a comprehensive anti-trafficking legal framework.  Massachusetts received a rating of -2 and is now just one of 3 remaining states without laws to combat either sex or labor trafficking.

The complete state rankings can be found at this site:
http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/policy-advocacy/state-policy/current-laws

The following is a statement from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on the Polaris Project Report:

“This report highlights the fact that Massachusetts is well behind the rest of the nation in our laws to combat human trafficking.  The passage of a human trafficking law would give us the tools to go after those who are exploiting children and other victims right in our own communities.  I appreciate the Legislature’s quick work in getting the bill to conference and now look forward to its swift passage.

I commend the advocates, law enforcement officers, and victim service providers who do incredible work in spite of a lack of legal tools and support.”

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s