LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, addressed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday to mark 10 years since Public Act 162 of 2006 was signed into law — making human trafficking a crime in Michigan.
During her remarks, Emmons said, “This historic law was the first step in Michigan cracking down on a criminal industry that is second only to illegal drugs and that devastates the lives of thousands of women and children every year.
“In the years since PA 162, we have acted to further protect our citizens. In 2014, we enacted 21 comprehensive and landmark reforms to help stop this modern-day slavery and support its survivors.
“Now, Michigan has some of the country’s strongest human trafficking laws. As a result of the Senate’s efforts, the Protected Innocence Challenge — which reports on the state of child sex trafficking laws in the U.S. — named Michigan as the most improved state.”
Editor’s note: The above video of Emmons giving her remarks is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorJudyEmmons.com/video.