Jackson City Council takes steps to combat state human trafficking trade

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in Michigan and the city of Jackson is taking steps to fight the problem.

The Jackson City Council passed a resolution during their October 25 meeting that they hope will fight the problem with policy by helping city workers become more aware of the problem.

City employees will be trained to spot signs of potential cases.

The City of Jackson will work with law enforcement agencies, Spring Arbor University, and other experts for the training.

“I think people are starting to pay attention to it,” said Derek Dobies.

“I think Jackson has a lot of problems that we need to address and I think that working on this issue is something that’s important.”

The state of Michigan ranks second in the country when it comes to human trafficking, which is largely due to the route from the state to Chicago and the international border.

Residents can also stay informed and report possible cases at the state’s website.

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