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Michigan lawmaker aims to fight human trafficking

Updated: Saturday, February 16 2013, 01:58 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Republican Michigan lawmaker has re-introduced legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking in Michigan.

Sen. Judy Emmons of Sheridan introduced legislation this week that would make the solicitation for prostitution of 16- or 17-year-olds a felony. It would also increase the penalties to no more than five years in prison or a fine of no more than $10,000, or both.

Emmons says her bill is going after "the root of the problem" by targeting those who solicit prostitutes. She adds that says that Michigan is a "hot spot" for human trafficking because of the state's international borders and waterways.

Emmons also introduced the legislation last session, but it died in the House.
Michigan lawmaker aims to fight human trafficking
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