LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - State lawmakers announced Tuesday plans to reintroduce legislation to crack down on human trafficking.
According to the U.S. Justice Department, there were more than 2,500 incidents of human trafficking in the United States between 2008 and 2010. Of those incidents, more than 1,000 involved the sexual exploitation of a child.
"Michigan is a hot spot for trafficking because of our international borders and our waterways," said Senator Judy Emmons. "You may not believe this, but it could be somebody you know."
State Senator Judy Emmons says it's time to ramp up awareness about human trafficking in Michigan and send criminals a serious message.
"We will be reintroducing tomorrow to further combat human trafficking bills that make it a specific crime to solicit 16 and 17 year olds for prostitution and to increase those penalties," said Senator Emmons. "I'll be working with my fellow colleagues to form a larger bill package to take a microscope to the current bill package that it's in place and to fix all the spots that are weak."
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