January Is Human Traffic Awareness & Prevention Month
In agreement with the President, Michigan is also recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. There are about 25 million people that are involved in Human Trafficking and this month Michigan is trying to curb that number since Michigan has had a problem with it over the last decade or so.
Along with the month being recognized there was also a new law for victims of human trafficking was passed in 2017. Law 'PA 35 of 2017' allows human trafficking victims to have their prostitution related charges diverted by the court if they are found to have been victims of human trafficking. Survivors of human trafficking have been arrested often after they get away from human trafficking and this can cause issues which can hurt their employment or education in the future.
To read more about Human Trafficking and how to prevent it or what to look out for, please go here.
Along with January, the United States Senate designated January 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in 2007.