Human Trafficking Commission aims to curb sex crimes

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Attorney Bill Schuette has been taking human trafficking issues head on during his tenure. Today, officials gathered for a human trafficking meeting to see what more can be done.

At the Michigan Attorney General’s office it was a meeting of the minds, that included victims’ advocates, law enforcement, medical professionals, and government officials to figure out what can be done to attack human trafficking here in Michigan.

During the presentation headlined by Washington State Prosecutor Valiant Richey, those in attendance listened to the science behind human trafficking. Including what is called the commercial sex ecosystem that lists supply, demand, and distribution. Such a dynamic is what Human Trafficking Commission Vice Chair David Leyton said must be attacked.

“Our idea is to reduce the demand so that the supply side also gets reduced. There’s far too many individuals seeking sex in Michigan and so what we want to do is want to reduce that side of it and we think it will help us take human trafficking and help it get it under control,” said Leyton.

According to Leyton, one of their ways to push back against human trafficking is to put out internet ads describing what would happen if you buy sex and if it is a child that you would be prosecuted, serve prison time, and become a registered sex offender.

The Human Trafficking Commission has been active for a  year with the goal of improving the lives of those affected by the crime and what can be done to curb it in the future.

Human trafficking is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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