Hawaii is one of the few states without comprehensive laws against human trafficking! Forty-five other states have passed human trafficking laws. There is a groundswell of support for ending human trafficking in the United States, as demonstrated by the passage of anti-human trafficking laws in 45 states and by Congress’ nearly unanimous reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) in 2008. But more must be done. Due to the clandestine nature of human trafficking, the physical and psychological trauma of victims that make many reluctant to testify, and the inability of federal law enforcement to investigate every case, comprehensive laws are needed in every state. continue reading

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