LINCOLN- This week, Shared Hope International released their annual scorecard report where all fifty states are graded on their effectiveness in combating human trafficking.

The State of Nebraska raised its grade given by Shared Hope International from a B to A this year for its laws against sex trafficking of children. Nebraska has made great strides since 2011 when the state received a grade of F. Today, Nebraska is one of only six states to have improved four grades since 2011.

Recent improvements that led to Nebraska’s improved grade include changes to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ protocol regarding juvenile sex trafficking victims as well as changes in state law to authorize wiretaps for human trafficking investigations.