Senate adopts Schuitmaker’s ‘Human Trafficking Awareness Day’ resolution

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker designating Jan. 11, 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Michigan.

“Unfortunately, due to Michigan’s geographical location, we are a hotspot for abductions and human trafficking,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Far too many women and young girls have become victims to this heinous criminal behavior.”

Schuitmaker authored Senate Resolution 117 to bring attention to the horrific trauma caused by this criminal activity and educate people on how to avoid becoming a victim. According to the U.S. Department of State, human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world after drug trafficking.

In recent years, Michigan has gained national attention on both the state and federal levels as a model for passing legislation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking. Michigan was also named the most improved state in 2015 by Shared Hope International for approving these and other measures addressing sex trafficking.

“I am proud to have worked on these crucial reforms that have made Michigan safer for women. Though we are a national leader in approving policies that effectively deter abductions and human trafficking, there is much to be done.” Schuitmaker said. “I encourage all Michiganders to use this day as an opportunity to educate themselves about human trafficking and be aware of how to stay safe.”