Human trafficking presentation in the U.P.


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MARQUETTE — Human trafficking is a problem across Michigan including here in the Upper Peninsula.

62 percent of victims end up being trafficked because of someone they know. Runaways, children that age out of the foster care system and kids dependent on drugs or alcohol are some of the people who often become victims.

There are signs to look out for that may point to a person who is involved with trafficking people.

Leslie Hagen with the U.S. Dept. of Justice says, “Folks that have money that may not have had money before. Constantly on the move, always checking cell phones or checking texts, maybe limited in terms of time. They could be in a store constantly looking over their shoulder.”  

Adults can be victims of human trafficking too.

A case involving two Michigan men being held against their will on a dairy farm helped change trafficking laws in the country.

If you think someone may be a victim of this type of crime call your local law enforcement agency.

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