Partnerships Help When Fighting Trafficking in Detroit

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Partnerships help in the Detroit area as the police and the Salvation Army work together with other organizations to combat human trafficking…

It is reported that there were 94 federal cases and 100 state cases of human trafficking in the tri-county area in 2013-14.  But now an alliance of the State Police, the Salvation Army, and other organizations are cooperating to fight back. It is a partnership that will work with a $1.5 million federal grant, and it will be aimed at Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.  A Joint Anti-Trafficking Taskforce is being created. Everyone is hoping the effort will aid in investigating the crimes and proving services to victims.  For several years, Michigan has worked to better their efforts to protect minor victims from being prosecuted and to come down harder on the criminals of human trafficking.

Traffickers stand to make hefty sums of money by exploiting and controlling their victims.  Human trafficking is one of the highest profit crimes on earth other than illegal drugs.  Many of the victims are young and underage, especially those trafficked for sex work.  These children and adults who get trapped in slavery are forced or coerced.  They are often promised good pay and working conditions and then later find themselves entrapped in human slavery.

This article explains that…

This unique partnership tackles human trafficking from a comprehensive perspective, bringing together both enforcement and victim services agencies to prevent human trafficking and rescue those being trafficked, both within the tri-county target area, as well as across Michigan. Grant funds for this project come from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office for Victims of Crime.

Partnerships help and you can be part of the solution.  A toll-free hotline makes it easy to report anyone you may suspect needs help.  Just call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or email them at nhtrc@polarisproject.org. There is also a good resource available by visiting traffickingresourcecenter.org.

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