There are a lot of stories and myths online about identifying sex trafficking, but the Michigan State police are saying that most of what you see isn't real. I've seen stories online or have heard stories and myths about flannel shirts, zip ties, and parking in certain spots in a parking lot and how those can be pre-cursors to sex trafficking. Well according to the Michigan State Police and WILX, most of those myths or stories online are just that, myths, and that those things lead to more mis-information and make the police's job of finding sex traffickers harder.

There are also several groups helping out victims of sex trafficking and they have also said that what you see online or on social media can get blown way out of proportion. This also leads to the police having to turn to online myths and setting their initial investigation behind. The Michigan State Police have said that, "before sharing warnings on social media, police suggest verifying the information is true and checking the source."

The issue of sex trafficking is a big one in Michigan as there have been over 1,500 reported cases of it in the state over the last 10 years. You can see more and learn about what is right and is not true here.