Sen. Emmons, local lawmakers to unveil 19-bill human trafficking package in Troy

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WHO:
Sen. Judy Emmons, chair of the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee; Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy; local members of the Legislature; and concerned citizens.

WHAT:
News conference in Troy to announce a bipartisan, 19-bill legislative package to crack down on human trafficking and support its victims. The public is welcome to attend.

WHEN: 
Friday, Oct. 4 at 1:15 p.m.

A prayer vigil will precede the event at 1 p.m.

WHERE:  
Troy Community Center
3179 Livernois Street, Room 304-305
Troy, MI

WHY:
Human Trafficking is the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry. In Michigan, it is estimated that every month up to 150 girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking.

Initiatives in the package include eliminating statute of limitations, criminalizing online solicitations of minors, and increasing both training for medical professionals and treatment for victims.

Emmons, R-Sheridan, called attention to human trafficking by introducing legislation in February and has crisscrossed the state raising awareness, including hosting a Human Trafficking 101 Forum in March and the Human Trafficking Legislative Day at the Capitol in May and leading a book tour with Theresa Flores this summer.

Flores is a native of Birmingham and the author of The Slave Across the Street, her personal story about how she overcame human trafficking.

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