- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has climbed from the bottom of an advocacy group’s annual state-by-state ranking that analyzes how forced prostitution and slave labor cases are handled.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1tgTLqL ) reports the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project says South Dakota earned credit this year for new laws that give police the authority to seize sex traffickers’ assets and allow victims to collect civil damages.

South Dakota ranked lower than any other state last year because it lacked such a law. Still, the group says the state needs more laws to protect victims.

The state’s ranking this year was hurt for not having laws forcing law enforcement to undergo training to better address sex trafficking cases.

Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel says his officers have been trained in identifying signs of trafficking.

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