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Bill looks to protect teenage prostitutes

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan lawmakers are protecting teen prostitutes in its latest aim to crackdown on human trafficking.

The Michigan House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that says any person under 18 charged with prostitution will actually be categorized as a human trafficking victim.

The person would be put into protective custody, and the violation would be reported to state social workers.

The legislation was based on a recommendation from Michigan's first Human Trafficking Commission to create a "safe harbor" for minors.

The bill and a related one will now head to the Senate.