CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - An advocacy group says new and tougher laws in Nevada have improved the state's efforts to combat human trafficking.
A report released Wednesday by the Polaris Project says laws passed by the 2013 Legislature elevated the state's anti-trafficking legal framework to a top rating.
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto was a key force behind several bills to define sex trafficking, stiffen criminal penalties, give more tools to law enforcement and create a fund to assist trafficking victims.
The Polaris Project report recommends Nevada create a human trafficking task force and provide safe places for minors.
Ratings by the Washington, D.C.-based organization are determined by state laws on the books.