Legislation to help stop human sex trafficking in Michigan by strengthening the punishment for soliciting a minor to commit prostitution was approved by the Michigan Senate on Thursday. Senate Bill 1213 would make the solicitation of a minor age 16 or 17 to commit prostitution or any other lewd or immoral act a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to five years. State Senator John Proos says that this will help fight a crime that many people don’t often talk about.
Information about human trafficking — including how to identify and report it — is available on the Michigan attorney general’s website at michigan.gov/humantrafficking. The bill approved this week now goes on to the State House.