Delaware is one of 39 states to receive an ‘F’ on addressing human trafficking.

Posted on 10-01-2022

Lawmaker hosts conference aimed at ending

human trafficking:

Lawmakers, state employees and law enforcement officers gathered at Legislative Hall Tuesday to learn how Delaware can better address the scourge of human trafficking.

Delaware is one of 39 states to receive an ‘F’ on the Shared Hope International Child and Youth Sex Trafficking Report Card, attendees learned Tuesday.

Areas the state performed the worst in include identification and response to victimscontinuum of care, and prevention and training.

That alarming reality prompted Sen. Bryant Richardson, R-Seaford, and his legislative aide, Sara Poore, to host the three-day symposium focused on ending sexual exploitation.

Richardson said his first priority is conveying to victims of human trafficking that “there’s a way out,” he said.

“We’re going to see what we can do to encourage new laws that reduce the amount of human trafficking in Delaware,” Richardson told Delaware LIVE News. “I know — just from what I learned today — that policy changes can make a big difference.”

LEFT TO RIGHT, SEN. BRYANT RICHARDSON, R-SEAFORD, WHO HOSTED THE SYMPOSIUM; DR. MARIAN HATCHER, SURVIVOR LEADER AND POLICY CONSULTANT; DR. STEPHANY POWELL, NATIONAL CENTER ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION; SEN. DAVE LAWSON, R-MARYDEL. (DELAWARE LIVE)

The event was led by nationally renowned experts Dr. Stephany Powell and Dr. Marian Hatcher.
Powell retired from the Los Angeles Police Department as a sergeant in charge of a vice unit. Today, she leads the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s law enforcement training and survivor services division.

Please click the link to read more: https://delawarelive.com/delaware-ending-human-trafficking/

To learn more about sex trafficking in Delaware and what we can do to stop it, visit Shared Hope International and the Polaris Project.

Charlie Megginson covers government and politics for Delaware LIVE News.

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