(The Acadiana Advocate) – Amanda Parker, senior director of the AHA Foundation, which is also dedicated to ending child marriage, said Louisianans who are working to protect their children from sex trafficking need to be aware of the role that allowing children to marry plays in facilitating this human rights abuse.
“Laws that allow child marriage in Louisiana are a tool for traffickers to target vulnerable children in the state,” said Parker, who added that she is heartened by the recent swell of support among states to outlaw child marriages through laws such as the one passed in Florida.
Louisiana should end the practice as well, she said.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense