January 5, 2021
LANSING – With National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month underway and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaiming January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced a substantial update to her office’s human trafficking webpage available online.
The update includes important resources and information for the general public, law enforcement and survivors of human trafficking, in addition to detailing the Michigan Department of Attorney General's effort to prosecute human traffickers.
“As part of our continued efforts to provide valuable information to the public, we undertook these important revisions to our human trafficking webpage," Nessel said. "These updates provide more detailed information on human trafficking, the important work of the Commission, and our efforts to eradicate these horrible crimes."
The Michigan law banning human trafficking took effect in 2006, and the department has successfully prosecuted several cases in the years following. Attorney General Nessel’s office continues to prosecute an ongoing case involving a Pontiac man who stands accused of operating a sex trafficking ring in Oakland County.
The updated human trafficking webpage also features a section dedicated to the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, which is housed within the Michigan Department of Attorney General. The Commission section includes links to the Human Trafficking Commission Act, along with information regarding Commission members, reports, training, and upcoming meeting dates.
Visitors to the website can sign up to receive email updates to stay informed on the Commission’s work and learn more about how to identify and report suspected human trafficking. The new website also offers background information on Michigan’s human trafficking laws and links to a variety of other human trafficking resources.