Human trafficking legislation package gains support

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A package of three bills has been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives to toughen penalties for people convicted of human trafficking and to help victims take back control of their lives.

One of the sponsors, Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia, says “We have a duty to the victims of these horrendous human trafficking crimes to ensure their safety and help them take back their lives.”

Rep. Cox’s bill would help victims of human trafficking clear local ordinance prostitution violations from human trafficking from their criminal record.

The second bill, introduced by Rep. Gary Howell of Lapeer, helps clear records of juveniles convicted of local ordinance prostitution violations related to human trafficking.

Rep. Nancy Jenkins of Clayton is the sponsor of the third bill in the package which, if signed into law, increases the penalty to 15 years for human trafficking for purposes of commercial sex.

The three Republican state representatives are already getting support from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. He said today “My hope is that this legislation will help free victims from the legal barriers that could hold them back from getting a good job, registering for college or even getting a fair day in court as they rebuild their lives.”

The bills were introduced on the House floor Tuesday and were assigned to the House Criminal Justice Committee.

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