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State representative introduces bipartisan bill to aid human trafficking survivors

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:19:18-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Rep. Julie Calley has introduced a bipartisan plan that aims to support those who have survived human trafficking, according to the Michigan House of Representatives.

We’re told the plan is intended to help survivors rebuild their lives.

“Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, and it’s not just a ‘big city’ problem,” says Calley. “We must do more to support the women, children and men who escape from sex and labor trafficking situations and live among us here in Michigan.”

Calley says the plan would permit victims that were forced to participate in criminal acts to use their situation as part of their defense; allow offenses committed by a trafficking victim as a minor to be removed from their criminal record; lawfully change the term “prostitution” to “commercial sexual activity”; and update legal procedures for cases involving human trafficking.

We’re told the bill has been delivered to the House Judiciary Committee for deliberation.

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