Guest column: Maryland should pass safe-harbor law

By Ethan Hamilton

August 23, 2015

Maryland fails to adequately help victims of human trafficking. Every year the Polaris Project, a nonprofit anti-trafficking organization, rates states one to four based on their victims' assistance legislation. In 2014, Maryland was ranked a tier-three state, the second-worst classification. The Polaris Project argued that Maryland has made only "nominal efforts" to help victims of human trafficking.

As recent police statistics suggest human trafficking, especially of children, is on the rise across the nation, it is essential Maryland be able to best serve those affected...