Emmons to spend Human Trafficking Awareness Day helping auto show outreach

Senator also finalist for Michigan Liberator Award

LANSING—Saturday is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Michigan, and Sen. Judy Emmons will be teaming up with S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) volunteers for the organization’s 4th Annual S.O.A.P. Up Detroit Auto Show outreach and then attending the Michigan Liberator Awards ceremony in Livonia.

“Human Trafficking Awareness Day is about bringing attention to human trafficking, its life-altering effect on thousands of women and children and how prevalent it is in our state,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Since major gatherings, such as the Detroit auto show, are prime targets for trafficking, the S.O.A.P. initiative takes a front-line stand in the effort to end this modern-day slavery. I encourage everyone to come out and help us make a difference.”

S.O.A.P. delivers soap bars with the human trafficking hotline number (1-888-3737-888) to area hotels in advance of the North American International Auto Show. S.O.A.P. founder, trafficking survivor and Michigan native Theresa Flores developed the initiative to publicize the toll-free number that can be called by survivors and those who believe trafficking may be taking place.

“We buy cases of soap and distribute them free to motels and hotels. Each bar of soap has the number of the National Human Trafficking Hotline on it,” Flores said. “We also give the hotel front desks photos of missing teenagers and talk to them about what to look for.”

Volunteers will be meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madonna University East Dining Hall to label soap bars with the hotline number and pass them out to hotels with missing children posters. The dining hall is located at 14221 Levan Road in Livonia.

Emmons is a Michigan Liberator Award finalist and will attend the award ceremony on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Burton Manor conference center, located at 27777 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia.

The awards honor modern-day abolitionists for their work fighting human trafficking.

“I am tremendously proud of the historic reforms we achieved last year to combat human trafficking and support its survivors,” Emmons said. “While it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts, the true reward is in the real and profound impact these new laws will make in the lives of thousands of survivors.”

For more information about Michigan Liberator Awards, visit www.liberatorawards.com.