Lawmakers work to protect
families from exploitationState Reps. Klint Kesto and Mike McCready are working to prevent human trafficking in Michigan.
Both Kesto, R-Commerce Township, and McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, met with residents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, to address the issue of human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is one of the most costly criminal activities in the world. Unfortunately, as a border state, Michigan is a prime target for trapping people in forced labor and sexual exploitation in the United States,” said Kesto. “It is our duty as Michigan lawmakers to meet with members of our communities and discuss the issues and concerns surrounding this subject so we can protect families.”
McCready said human trafficking is widespread throughout Michigan, and the Legislature is working hard to crack down on what is often referred to as modern-day slavery.
“Whether it is in small towns, suburbs or big cities, there is rarely a spot in Michigan that has not been touched by human trafficking,” McCready said. “The Legislature is taking active steps to identify and eliminate this heinous crime.”
Joining Kesto and McCready will be guest speaker Kathy Maitland of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is made up of more than 90 agencies in Michigan working toward the prevention and punishment of human trafficking.