When the movie “Taken” was released, it gave audiences a scenario to link with their fear of human trafficking. This scenario has come to mind for plenty of people as the way human trafficking works: being dragged out of a home or off the streets into a van by a kidnapper. While it can’t be said for all cases of human trafficking, that isn’t how it generally takes place.
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“The nature of the recovery of the children would indirectly imply that they were being involved in sex trafficking,” said Sgt. Sarah Krebs, head of the Missing Person’s Unit at the Michigan State Police.
Source: Missing-juvenile police sweep plucks 3 from potential sex trafficking | MLive.com
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A Girls Court has been established in Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court. The goal is to do a better job of helping girls who are most at risk to return
Source: ‘Girls Court’ launched by Kent County Circuit Court | Michigan Radio
Darrick Bell allegedly controlled team of pimps and drug dealers who overtook the Victory Inn motel
Source: Feds: Killer ran Victory Inn brothel, is on the run
Police agencies say their approach to sex trafficking is changing with increasing awareness from high-profile cases.
Source: 15 arrests: Prostitution a year after Dunnings charged
Michigan is reportedly the only state in the US which has a law giving police immunity from prosecution if they have sex with prostitutes during an investigation. Bridgette Carr, a director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, is now working with Representative Gary Glenn to draft a bill to get rid of the law.
Source: Michigan police can have sex with prostitutes during investigations – New bill proposes to ban this
4 hunted in criminal enterprise that allegedly drugged and forced women to have sex with customers at motel
Source: Inside Victory Inn raid: ‘Never seen anything like this’
Nonprofits Alternatives For Girls and WC Safe worked with Homeland Security to recover 14 victims in January
Source: Gov’t, nonprofits partner to fight human trafficking in Detroit