Arizona gets C grade for efforts to fight child sex trafficking

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Arizona received a C grade for its laws to protect children against sex trafficking and it's the third straight year the state has received the average grade.

The Protected Innocence Challenge looks at 41 different areas where states can improve on laws that protect children against sex trafficking. Each state receives a report card with an analysis and recommendations for improvement.

Arizona received an F for protecting children, an A for punishment for offenders and a B for criminal justice tools.

One of the problems the group Shared Hope International has with the state of Arizona is that there are age loopholes for "johns."

Another problem is that Arizona has received this average grade for the third straight year and other states that received a C in previous years have since improved.

Arizona is one of 17 states that received a C grade.

For the first time, the group handed out some A grades. Those went to Tennessee, Louisiana and the state of Washington.

Read Arizona's report card