Emmons hosts human trafficking outreach event

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LANSING, Mich. — People from across the state came to the Michigan Capitol on Monday to participate in a Human Trafficking Awareness Outreach Event hosted by Sen. Judy Emmons.

“This outreach event brought together anti-trafficking advocates, law enforcement officials, nonprofit organization leaders and concerned residents to shine the light on human trafficking in our state,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “A lot of people don’t believe that human trafficking happens anywhere near them. The unfortunate truth is that it is probably right next door.

“Human trafficking takes all forms and knows no boundaries. It’s a $32 billion criminal industry, and the people who perpetuate it are out to victimize anyone who will make them some money.”

Emmons kicked off the event with remarks on the Capitol steps that focused on the impacts of human trafficking and actions the state has already taken to combat the crime and support its survivors, and to announce that she is working on the next phase of legislative action.

Participants then broke up into roundtable discussion groups to exchange ideas on the problems state and local officials face in fighting human trafficking and helping survivors.

“It was good to see so many concerned citizens come out to talk and learn about human trafficking and what they can do to help stop its exploitation of women and children,” said Emmons. “Although we have achieved much to help end this modern-day slavery in Michigan, there is still much more progress to make.”

In 2014, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a 21-bill package that included the formation of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.

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Editor’s note: The above photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting Emmons’ website at www.SenatorJudyEmmons.com/Photowire.

Video comments by Emmons are available by clicking on the image at the end of the release or by visiting www.SenatorJudyEmmons.com/Video.