Michigan Lawmaker Aims to Fight Human Trafficking

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Republican Michigan lawmaker has re-introduced legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking in Michigan.

Sen. Judy Emmons of Sheridan introduced legislation this week that would make the solicitation for prostitution of 16- or 17-year-olds a felony. It would also increase the penalties to no more than five years in prison or a fine of no more than $10,000, or both.

Emmons says her bill is going after "the root of the problem" by targeting those who solicit prostitutes. She adds that says that Michigan is a "hot spot" for human trafficking because of the state's international borders and waterways.

Emmons also introduced the legislation last session, but it died in the House.

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