Sen. Emmons to announce landmark legislative solutions to human trafficking

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WHO:
Sen. Judy Emmons, chair of the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee; special guest speaker Theresa Flores, a human trafficking survivor and author; bipartisan state senators and representatives; and concerned citizens statewide.

WHAT:
News conference on the steps of the Michigan Capitol to announce bipartisan legislative solutions to crack down on human trafficking, raise public awareness of the crime and support its victims and survivors.

WHEN:
Thursday, Sept. 26 at 3:45 p.m.

A prayer vigil will precede the event at 3:30 p.m. on east steps of the Capitol Building.

WHERE:
Michigan State Capitol
East steps (facing Capitol Ave.)
Lansing, MI

In the event of rain, the news conference will be held in the Billie Farnum Building, Room 810, 125 W. Allegan, Lansing.

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.

Emmons, R-Sheridan, called attention to human trafficking by introducing legislation in February and crisscrossing the state raising public 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 and discussion with Flores during the 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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