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Lawmakers, Human Trafficking Victims Spread Awareness Of The Crime

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LANSING MICH. (WLNS) - Law makers and human trafficking survivors are coming together today--to help find solutions against these sex crimes.

Its all part of an event called "shine the light on human trafficking day" , i
n an effort to raise awareness for a billion dollar industry all across the world...that's also going on in our own backyard. 

Theresa Flores, knows firsthand. She was a victim of human trafficking when she was only 15 years old…and it happened in the suburbs of Birmingham Michigan.

 “Nobody had any idea that that was happening, that I was being sold nightly...so we really need to wake up every community,” Flores.

Today, she is sharing her story with lawmakers in Lansing, in hopes her testimony will spread awareness & find solutions to these crimes.

“It never gets easier, ever...I mean it's just a horrific story,” said Flores.

Senator Judy Emmons is leading a 19 bill package to change the laws of human trafficking the victims and prosecute the others involved.

“We need to shine the light to make sure that people become aware and are motivated to change this and make Michigan the strongest state in the country regarding human trafficking and going after those who are trafficking,” said Emmons.

Lawmakers say that human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry, and its happening in our own backyards...in the suburbs and right here in Lansing.

“This is affecting a situation that could be anyone's daughter, anyone's sister, a granddaughter. It could be a brother, a son, this is affecting every aspect of our society,” said Emmons.

Many hope that these bills will help crack down on what officials say affects 27 million people worldwide.

“Its a modern day slavery for this generation of people and beyond.,” said Laura Toy, Chief of Staff for Senator Judy Emmons. “It’s not going to go away. We all need to get aboard.”

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