LANSING— State Sen. Mike Greenhasannounced that he will be hosting a May 1st seminar to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking and current legislative initiatives to combat it.
“Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world – and it’s happening right here in Michigan,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Our border with Canada increases the likelihood of trafficking in our state. In fact, it is estimated that in Michigan hundreds of girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking every year. This isn’t only about ending this slavery overseas; it’s about freeing young girls and boys in Michigan hometowns like Grand Rapids, Detroit and Port Huron.”
State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be the featured presenter. Emmons has been the leader of legislative efforts to address human trafficking in Michigan. The free seminar will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Alice and Jack Wirt Library, 500 Center Avenue, Bay City. No RSVP is required.
A bipartisan package led by Emmons and that includes Green as a sponsor is working its way through the Legislature to give law enforcement more tools to investigate instances of human trafficking and grant more rights to trafficking victims. The legislation would also provide safe harbor for victims, eliminate the statute of limitations for trafficking offenses, allow victims to sue their captors and enable a prosecutor to utilize wiretapping while building a criminal case.
“The only chance we have to ending human trafficking in Michigan is if everyone — from law enforcement officials to concerned neighbors — understands the problem and what they can do,” Green said. “Sen. Emmons will give a powerful presentation on human trafficking, its victims, the problem in Michigan and the tools available to everyday folks to help end it.”
“I encourage parents, educators, clergy, social workers, students, law enforcement and anyone else who is interested in the issue to attend.”
For more information on the seminar, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call Green’s office toll free at (866) 305-2131.