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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona gets a "C" when it comes to sex trafficking laws.
The news was announced during a press conference led by former Washington Congresswoman Linda Smith. She's also the president of Shared Hope International.
The group commends Arizona for some of its laws, but says there's lots of room for improvement when it comes to protecting children from sex trafficking.
"The report is not clear on Tucson, except we found there have been lots of girls who have been brought in to be sold and we found a fairly heavy commercial sex market," said Smith.
"One, we're going to put people in jail. And two, more of these people are going to surface because they're hidden," said Streetlight Director Jerry Peyton.
There are no official numbers on the amount of trafficking in Pima County, but experts estimate at least 100,000 American juveniles are victimized through prostitution in the U.S. each year.