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Human Trafficking

  • Around the country, and right here in Michigan, men, women and children are forced into prostitution, domestic servitude and other labor for little or no pay. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery and is a large and growing criminal industry worldwide.

    The Michigan Attorney General is leading the fight against this horrific crime by prosecuting the state's first-ever criminal cases under state law banning human trafficking in Michigan.

    Victims of human trafficking are in bondage through force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation.

    Our children are especially at risk, a staggering number of human trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of a child. The Attorney General, as the top law enforcement officer in Michigan, remains dedicated to protecting our children and upholding our Constitution to guarantee fundamental freedom for all.

    My office has worked aggressively with law enforcement task forces to ferret out modern day slavers and put an end to their trade. Attorneys from the office also conduct trainings for law enforcement and prosecutors and works with community members and advocates to raise awareness of this despicable crime.

Faces of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Commission

  • In late 2014, the legislature passed into law the Human Trafficking Commission Act which created the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission within the Department of Attorney General. In early 2015, the Governor made initial appointments of the 14 members and in early 2015 the Commission began their work. 

    The Commission is comprised of 14 members; 5 of which are un-termed agency designees (Governor, Attorney General, Michigan State Police, Department of Health and Human Services, and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) and the remaining 9 are 2-year term appointments. 

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  • The Michigan Human Traficking Commission invites all Michigan residents to join the fight against human trafficking. 

    Spend some time on our webpage to learn how to identify and report human trafficking and sign up here to receive updates from the Human Trafficking Commission's Public Awareness Program. 

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  • The links to the training resources contained here are for informational purposes only. The content of training provided here, including any opinions or points of view, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, its members, Attorney General Dana Nessel, or the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

Identify and Report Human Trafficking

Identify

  • If you suspect something is wrong, ask yourself these questions:

    • Are there bruises or other signs of physical abuse?
    • Are there signs of psychological abuse?
    • Is the person submissive or fearful?
    • Is the person being controlled?
    • Is the person being deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care, or other life necessities?
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Michigan Human Trafficking Laws

  • The Michigan law banning human trafficking took effect on August 24, 2006. The law was strengthened in 2010 with changes taking effect on April 1, 2011. These changes included enhanced restitution for human trafficking victims. Not only can victims ask for all costs suffered as a consequence of their bondage, such as medical costs, they can also ask for a restitution order that finally recognizes the value of the years of their life lost due to the crime. 

    The human trafficking chapter of the Michigan Penal Code was further overhauled in 2014 as a result of a 21-bill legislative package. The 2014 legislative package included safe harbor provisions, stronger tools to hold traffickers accountable, and created a standing Human Trafficking Commission within the Department of Attorney General and a Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board within the Department of Community Health. Most of the new legislation took effect on January 14, 2015. 

    Learn more about Michigan human trafficking laws