Challenges and Gaps in Louisiana’s Efforts to Address Human Trafficking

by Frank E. Lamothe, III

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS — An anti-human trafficking billboard on I-12 near Drusilla Lane in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has recently released a report, “Challenges and Gaps in Louisiana’s Efforts to Address Human Trafficking.” The report states that there are some regions of the state that have addressed some human trafficking concerns, but a concerted statewide campaign is needed to alert Louisiana residents how to recognize and report suspected cases of sexual and labor trafficking. 57% of trafficked victims are children and about 91% of them are female.

The Advocates’ Jacqueline Derobertis recently wrote an interesting article about human trafficking in Louisiana, Despite anti-human trafficking efforts, Louisiana still struggling, report says.” Louisiana needs to improve the data collection, placement options, mental health services, and funding for human trafficking victims.

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