Michigan Lawmaker Aims to Fight Human Trafficking

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Republican Michigan lawmaker has re-introduced legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking in Michigan.

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)

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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2013 at 08:27 AM
    Is the root of the problem the John's or is it bad/no parenting?
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