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Lansing Area Safety Council Fights Human Trafficking

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - More than 800,000 people, mostly women and children are trafficked across the international borders each year.

But in this year alone Michigan has made it a mission to crack down on trafficking locally.

Right here in Michigan, men, women and children are forced into prostitution and other labor for little or no pay. It's what is known as modern slavery and in Michigan an estimated 115 girls under the age of 18 are sold into sex trafficking each month.

But how is Michigan cracking down?

Earlier this year, the creation of the "Michigan Commission of Human Trafficking" was announced. Just last month Senator Emmons announced legislation to crack down on the crime. But today a special task force is taking action.

6 News Reporter Francesca Amiker spoke with the Executive Director of the Lansing Safety Council who said now is the time for parents to take notice.

"Most parents don't know to talk to their 14-year-olds about human trafficking or about what could happen to them if they aren't following a certain set of safety rules. And so they're going to discuss what it is, how it's happening, what we can do to help prevent it and what they're role is now in trying to find people who have already been taken into human trafficking and how they're trying to help them," said Allie Whitford, Executive Director, Lansing Area Safety Council.

The call to action meeting with task force "Project Liberty" and the council is Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lansing Area Safety Council on South Pennsylvania Ave.

The meeting is open to the entire Michigan community.

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