Emmons, Flores meet with Gov. Snyder about efforts to end human trafficking, support survivors

LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons and Michigan native Theresa Flores met with Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday about human trafficking in Michigan and the need to enact comprehensive legislation to crack down on the crime and support its survivors.

Flores is a survivor, author and renowned expert on human trafficking and has worked closely with Emmons to raise awareness on the issue and develop a 19-bill, bipartisan legislative package to increase penalties, training and survivor support in Michigan.

“Human trafficking is a scourge on our society – one that is often overlooked or misunderstood,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “During the past three years, I’ve met with victims and anti-trafficking activists across the state to raise awareness and develop comprehensive solutions to a global criminal enterprise that devastates the lives of thousands of women and children every year.

“I thank Governor Snyder for talking with Theresa and me about human trafficking and what we can do to help end the crime in Michigan and support survivors.”

After meeting with Snyder, Flores and Emmons spoke out about the heinous nature of the crime and the importance of acting to end it at a rally on the Michigan Capitol steps and talked with legislators and residents about the Senate’s legislation.

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