In 2013, the Attorney General's Office collaborated with the Legislature to form the first Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. This limited-term Commission working with a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach emphasized that the men, women, and children who are trafficked are victims-not criminals. The 2013 Commission had two goals: assess the threat human trafficking poses to Michigan residents and develop policy recommendations to promote its exposure and prevention. They reviewed data collection of trafficking crimes, services offered to victims, current state legislation regarding criminal punishment, as well as professional training to recognize signs of trafficking and current public awareness of this crime.
After more than six months of review, the Commission developed wide-ranging recommendations as an action-oriented agenda for policymakers. The report's key recommendations included:
As a result of the 2013 Commission's recommendations, and ongoing involvement and advocacy of Commission members, a comprehensive human trafficking legislative package was introduced and passed in 2014. The standing Michigan Human Trafficking Commission was established as a result.