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Group moves W.Va. up two grades for new sex trafficking legislation

Created on:   Fri, Dec 1, 2017   5:37 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Dec 1, 2017   5:37 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — A bill passed last legislative session to combat sex trafficking helped West Virginia move up two grades on an annual national report card compiled by a nonprofit that fights sex trafficking across the globe.

HB 2318, which passed unanimously in both chambers, moved West Virginia from a D to a B on Shared Hope International’s Projected Innocence Challenge report card, according to a Shared Hope Release.

The two-grade jump was the single-greatest improvement of any of the 50 states, Shared Hope said.

West Virginia joined 26 other states with a B grade. Eight states earned A’s, including neighbors Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Maryland; 11 earned C’s, including Ohio and Virginia; five earned D’s. The District of Columbia, which earned a C, is counted as a state.