House passes bill to require human trafficking notices

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Backers of legislation approved by the Michigan House say it would force many public places to post human trafficking notices to help fight the booming global enterprise.

The measure passed 95-8 on Wednesday would require notices in state rest stops, public busses or train stations, strip clubs, airports and elsewhere. It would also grant a state department the authority to impose a $250 fine a year after a first notice. It could mean a $500 fine for a third notice.

The Attorney General’s office says human trafficking is a $32 billion global industry.

The measure comes after 2013 recommendations from the Michigan Human Trafficking commission. Advocates say it’s a low-cost way to educate the public about human trafficking that could lead to more arrests and more help for victims.

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