Michigan Human Trafficking Commission meets; Determined to slow trafficking in state

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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Human Trafficking Commission met Wednesday at the Department of Attorney General in the G. Mennen Williams state office building in Lansing. Today’s meeting was the first of 2017 and featured a preview of its comprehensive human trafficking training video for medical professionals.

“As we begin another year of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, I am extremely encouraged by the progress that has already been made,” said Schuette. “I am confident that by working together in 2017, we can continue to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.”

The human trafficking training video began production in 2016 and is being developed with the Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County Medical Societies. It includes interviews with numerous leaders in the fight to stop human trafficking, including Attorney General Bill Schuette. The final video is expected to be completed in the spring.

Background on Human Trafficking
Around the country, and right here in Michigan, children, women and men are forced into prostitution, domestic servitude and other labor for little or no pay, resulting from the use of force, fraud or coercion.

Demand for illegal activities such as paid sex fuels human trafficking, turning both men and women into victims, permanently impacting the lives of those involved, their families and their loved ones.

Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, after drug trafficking. Victims of human trafficking are in bondage through force, fraud or coercion, solely for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation. Children are especially vulnerable.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,515 incidents of human trafficking were recorded nationwide between January 2008 and June 2010. Of those incidents, 1,016 involved the sexual exploitation of a child, 1,218 involved the sexual exploitation of adults, and 350 involved labor trafficking.

For more information, please visit the Attorney General’s human trafficking webpage.

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