Before the Michigan State Legislature took its winter break it made some progress on Human Trafficking Legislation:
House Bills 4021, 5012 and 5026, which would expand the definition and penalties for kidnapping and provide a safe harbor for victims of human trafficking, passed with wide bipartisan support in the House last week. This legislation is victim-centered to ensure victims are treated as victims and not as criminals. Senate Bills 584, 588, and 591 passed unanimously in the Senate. These bills extend the criminal statute of limitations for victims of human trafficking, provide an affirmative defense for victims who committed crimes, such as prostitution, while under the control of their trafficker, and allow for the expunction of those crimes. Michigan Catholic Conference is pleased to see such overwhelming support in both chambers for action to combat modern human slavery in Michigan.
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