Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bills

By: News 10
By: News 10

The kidnapping of 300 Nigerian school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram has helped build enough support to get human trafficking bills passed in Michigan. Lawmakers say the kidnappings raised awareness of the problem. "People are depending on us, people really at this point have little to no voice and it's important to give our prosecutors, our police, our attorney general the tools to go after the perpetrators," said Republican Senator Judy Emmons of Sheridan. The 19-bill package has passed the Senate and is now headed to the State House. It gives police several more tools to crack down on human traffickers and raises the age at which someone can be charged with prostitution from 16 to 18. Supporters say most teen prostitutes are forced to perform sex acts and the change gives them a better chance at starting a new life.


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