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Human Trafficking In Michigan

Jan 20, 2016

Credit Harmonium

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  Eastern Michigan University says it's more prevalent than you might think, here in our own state.

In the last two years, 300 cases have been reported in Michigan.  Washtenaw County has not been the exception to the list of cases.

Ellen Lassiter Collier, who is the Women's Resource Coordinator at EMU says interstate highways and the Canadian border crossing make Michigan a target.  She added that sex trafficking is more common in urban areas while labor trafficking is mostly seen in rural parts of Michigan.

You should report human trafficking to your local law enforcement agency.

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