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In a first ever report today, a northwest non-profit group is exposing a problem with sex trafficking laws in America. Shared Hope International says under the "Protected Innocence Initiative” they took an in-depth look at state laws that try to stop the sex trafficking, and were disappointed. Loren Wohlgemuth of Shared Hope International says in the study, only ten state received grades higher than a “C” and Oregon got a "D" grade. Nearby Washington State received a much better "B" grade and he explains the difference in the law: “Penalties for buyers in Washington go up to seven years when they’ve been convicted of soliciting or trafficking a girl. In Oregon, that same type of charge would result only in a maximum sentence of seven days.”  Wohlgemuth says sex trafficking is happening in every part of the state, including Central Oregon. He says it mostly involves girls ages 13 and 14, but they do see some as young as 9 years old. He hopes this report will be a wake up call to Oregon and other states. He says its relatively easy to change the sex trafficking laws to make them much stricter for those found guilty of selling our children.

 

 

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