Women of the Senate to host Human Trafficking Legislative Day at the Capitol

LANSING — Sen. Judy Emmons announced on Thursday that she and her fellow women state senators will host the Human Trafficking Legislative Day at the Capitol on May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to raise awareness of the crime in Michigan.

“The day is about raising awareness of the profound and devastating impact that human trafficking has on women and children every day,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Human Trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world — and Michigan is not immune. In fact, it’s estimated that each month in Michigan up to 150 girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking. This is an important issue facing us all, and I invite all concerned residents to participate in this free educational event.”

Joining Sen. Emmons in hosting the legislative day will be Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton; Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor; and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing.

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a reception at the Capitol to meet the senators, followed by a panel discussion at 10:30 a.m. in the Senate Hearing Room and ending in the Senate Hearing Room with a 1 p.m. viewing of Very Young Girls, a documentary on domestic human trafficking.

The Senate Hearing Room is located on the ground floor of the Boji Tower at 124 W. Allegan in downtown Lansing.

“Senators Schuitmaker, Whitmer, Warren and I are joining in a bipartisan effort to protect Michigan women and children from exploitation and working to end this reprehensible crime,” Emmons said.

The event is free. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to RSVP. Residents may contact Emmons’ office to RVSP or to get more details by calling toll-free at 1-866-305-2133 or by sending an email to SenJEmmons@senate.michigan.gov.

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Editor’s Note: For your information, the following is a schedule of the day’s events:

9:30 a.m. — Participants meet the legislators in the Capitol and view Senate session.

10:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast and panel discussion in the Boji Tower Senate Hearing Room about how people can be effectively be heard as legislation is developed on human trafficking issues.

Noon — Break for lunch.

1 to 2:30 p.m. — Special viewing in the Boji Tower Senate Hearing Room of Very Young Girls, a poignant documentary that shows the ugly realities of domestic human trafficking.