Arkansas has made progress on positive strides against human trafficking in the Natural State during the past year, according to a recent report by a global organization that aims to eliminate the worldwide problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
In its 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, the Polaris Report ranked Arkansas in the top tier of states that have passed significant laws to combat human trafficking.
Arkansas was also recognized as one of the four most improved states, according to the report.
The improved ranking is a result of a trio of bills that Representative Greg Leding of Fayetteville helped pass.
The bills created stiff penalties for traffickers and set up "Safe Harbor" for young victims forced into prostitution against their will.