January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. #MISenate Republicans recently passed several bills — now law — that will provide assistance to survivors by giving them access to additional resources to help support their recovery. The new laws also increase penalties for those who commit crimes of coercing victims to engage in commercial sexual activity, creating heightened protections for survivors of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery, widespread throughout the United State and occurs right here in Michigan. In fact, Michigan’s proximity to the Canadian border and waterways increase the likelihood of trafficking in our state.
While we would like to think of slavery as a relic of the past, we know that it is not. Today, millions of women, men, and children around the world are subjected to forced labor, domestic servitude, or the sex trade at the hands of human traffickers. What many do not know is that this crime occurs right here in the United States, in our own cities and towns. By Presidential proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.