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Report: Wisconsin among 40 states to receive 'F' grade for child, sex trafficking

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MADISON (WKOW) — A new report shows majority of the country is failing when it comes to child sex trafficking.

Shared Hope International, a nonprofit group, released their annual report on Wednesday. The report looks at six different main categories:

  1. Criminal provisions
  2. Identification of and response to victims
  3. Continuum of care
  4. Access to justice for trafficking survivors
  5. Tools for a victim-centered criminal justice response
  6. Prevention and training

Of all six categories, Wisconsin received a "C" in one category and an "F" in five categories. Overall, Wisconsin is one of 40 states to receive an "F" grade. Nine other states received a "D" with one state, Florida, receiving a "C." 

Here's a look at how Wisconsin graded out in each of the categories.

Criminal Provisions

This looks at policy goals accomplished in areas related to buyer and trafficker accountability under state CSEC laws, decoy defenses, business entity liability under the trafficking law and financial penalties.

Wisconsin got an "F" in this category, with 10/17.5.

Identification of and Response to Victims

Policy goals accomplished in areas related to third party control and child abuse definitions.

According to the report, Wisconsin received 9.5 out a possible 27.5, marking another "F" grade. 

Continuum of Care

A third grade, Wisconsin received an "F" in this category as well, scoring 2 out of 15. 

The report says gaps remain in all areas, including services through a non-punitive system, MDT responses, services through the juvenile justice system, extended foster care services and appropriations.

Access to Justice for Trafficking Survivors in Wisconsin

This is the only category Wisconsin didn't get an "F." Instead, Wisconsin scored 11.5 out of a possible 15. 

The report says Wisconsin accomplished goals in areas related to civil orders or protection, restitution and civil remedies. However, gaps remain in areas related to crime victims’ compensation, vacatur and statutes of limitation, according to the report. 

Tools for a victim-centered criminal justice response in Wisconsin

The report says gaps in areas related to hearsay exceptions, alternatives to live, in-court testimony and victim supports. 

Wisconsin received an "F," scoring 5.5 out of 10. 

Prevention and training in Wisconsin 

Wisconsin is struggling in all areas, including training for child welfare, juvenile justice agencies, law enforcement, prosecutors and school personnel as well as prevention education in schools, according to the report.

This is the category Wisconsin did the worst in, getting zero points out of 15, for an "F" grade. 

According to the report, Wisconsin received "extra credit" for supporting youth (18+) and for laws regarding child labor trafficking in Illinois. 

Wisconsin Report card

Wisconsin Report card on child & youth sex trafficking from Shared Hope International. 

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