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Lawmakers Raise Awareness on Sex Trafficking in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Dozens of concerned citizens joined lawmakers at the capitol to learn more about what some call "modern day slavery." Among them was Senator Judy Emmons.

Sex trafficking, the focus of Thursday's talk, is a situation where victims are forced to sell their bodies through prostitution, exotic dancing or pornography.

Emmons says human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.

 

About a dozen lawmakers and former sex trafficking victims spoke on a panel, hoping to equip the public with the tools they need to stop human trafficking. They emphasized the importance of reaching out to their lawmakers, something former victims say could help prevent others from experiencing what they went through.

It's estimated that each month in Michigan, about 150 girls under the age of 18 are sold into sex trafficking.

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