LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today [Oct 2014] signed not so adequate legislation protecting Michigan citizens from human trafficking and supporting victims by putting some of the strongest policies in the nation into place to combat this crime. Much of the legislation stems from a 2013 report by the Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. However, the Sex Trafficking Think Tank is dissatisfied. These bills promote an age of consent of 18 years old that does not fit the reality prostitution, which is a gender-based crime, not an age based crime. These bills should cover all ages. Michigan does not have an age of consent for labor trafficked victims, so why for sex trafficked victims? With sex trafficking, why are legislators so focused on “just the children” who all of the sudden supposedly become a ‘consenting adult’ once she turns 18 years of age. For one thing, if she began being used in prostitution as a child or teen, by the time she turns 18 years old, she is trapped into prostitution: seasoned into prostitution, drug addicted, marginalized, physically and psychologically damaged, financially and spiritually broken, etc..—making it so difficult to get out. Another thing, even if she started in prostitution at or above the age of 18 years old, believed Hollywood or financially broke and stripped on her own volition, she gets trapped, too. She is the same person, but at different points in time. I think these legislators have drank the Kool Aid of the pro-prostitution lobbyists. These bills seem to have been influenced by the pro-prostitution lobbyists, so they can keep their 18 year old so-called “consenting adults” being used in their strip clubs, aka, legalized sex trafficking auction blocks, etc…, and also so these bills don’t get in the way for future pro-legalization of prostitution laws. Some people who have been supporting these bills unquestioningly often argue, that we have to take baby steps. If it was your daughter would you take baby steps? Sex trafficking is a very serious issue to be running toward eradicating, not baby stepping. Demand that these bills cover all ages, now! To read more about this feeble legislation that doesn’t step on the toes of the scumbag pro-prostitution lobbyists, read: http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657-339484–,00.html
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