State Police Seeking Opportunities to Educate on Human Trafficking

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(Michigan State Police, Jan. 5, 2016)

Oak Park, MI – With an estimated 100,000 and 300,000 children at risk for sexual exploitation in the U.S. with an average age of 11 to 14 years old., the Michigan State Police (MSP) wants to raise awareness about Human Trafficking.

The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. With 68% of them trapped in forced labor, 26% of them are children, and

55% are women and girls.

MrMufflerAdHuman trafficking is not a choice. A person cannot consent to become enslaved. Victims want to escape, but cannot. Human trafficking is not smuggling. Smuggling is transportation; trafficking is exploitation. Human trafficking does not require that a victim be moved over state or international borders.

Human trafficking is a $32 billion global industry.

Children are especially vulnerable with 40 percent of human trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of a child. It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet.

The Community Service Troopers of the Michigan State Police Metro Post are available to conduct educational seminars on the topic of Human Trafficking to all types of groups in Oakland County.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

Community Service Trooper Mark Kellar at kellarm@michigan.gov or (313) 215-3863.

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