Sen. Emmons, local lawmakers unveil 19-bill human trafficking package in Grand Rapids

LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was joined by local legislators, concerned citizens and advocates on Monday at the Diocese of Grand Rapids to announce a 19-bill Senate package designed to crack down on human trafficking and support victims.

“Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar global criminal enterprise that devastates the lives of thousands of women and children every year — and it’s happening right here in our state,” said Emmons. “With up to 150 girls being sold into sex trafficking monthly in Michigan, it is a problem that requires a comprehensive solution.”

The initiatives include increasing penalties, training and victim support. Emmons’ bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for any human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation of children offenses. Joining Emmons for the announcement were Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township, (back left) and Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, (back center).


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