human trafficking

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four of five suspects arrested in a Marquette County human trafficking and child prostitution sting in March have been bound over to circuit court.

Robert Miller of Negaunee, Ameire Stevens of Skandia, Alan Schwalbach of Vulcan, Keith Johnson of AuTrain and Chad Anderson of Gwinn are each charged with child sexually abusive activity, use of a computer to commit child sexually abusive activity, accosting a child for immoral purposes and use of a computer to commit accosting a child for immoral purposes.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Five men from three counties were arrested in a multi-agency sting operation last week to combat the sexual exploitation of children.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office says a recent joint sting operation to combat human trafficking and child prostitution in the U.P. was an astounding success.

Multiple law enforcement agencies cooperated in the undercover operation. They included the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Marquette Police Department, the Michigan State Police, the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say more details about the operation will be released this week.

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EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach who previously owned a Lansing area training facility has died by suicide after being charged with two dozen crimes, including human trafficking and sexual assault.

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Seven men have been arrested on prostitution related charged as the result of a joint investigation into sex trafficking in Northern Menominee County.

According to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) the men were arrested August 22nd and charged with for Prostitution/Engaging in Services and Using Computers-Internet to Commit Crime and lodged at the Menominee County Jail.

Law enforcement agencies placed online ads on websites used for prostitution, to which 32 men responded, and 7 followed thru and met an undercover detective posing as a prostitute.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force is giving presentations across the UP this week as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The task force has teamed up with the Department of Justice, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, UP law enforcement agencies, and other experts. Featured speakers will talk about signs to look for in both victims and traffickers, who can be a target of human trafficking, federal and state laws regarding human trafficking, and previous local and national cases.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that allows more victims of human trafficking to have their criminal records dismissed. 

Snyder signed a bill Tuesday that removes the restriction that a victim is only eligible for deferral or dismissal of criminal charges if they had no prior convictions.

The bill was sponsored by Republican state Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian, who says it will help lead victims to rebuild better lives.

Snyder says Michigan needs to do everything it can to assist victims of human trafficking.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Human trafficking victims forced or coerced into prostitution could get certain criminal charges deferred or dismissed under a bill approved by the Michigan Legislature. 

The state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would allow some prostitution-related charges to be dropped regardless of any prior convictions.

State Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Adrian, says currently human trafficking victims currently are not eligible for deferrals or dismissals if they have previous prostitution-related convictions.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill requiring a human trafficking hotline number be posted in rest stops, airports and bus stations.

The legislation signed Tuesday gives the state the power to order fines for places that fail to post the number.

The law follows recommendations from a Michigan human trafficking commission. Advocates say it's a low-cost way to educate the public about human trafficking and provide help for victims.

Snyder says Michigan has "some of the strongest policies in the nation" to help human trafficking victims.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation aiming to crack down on human trafficking and help its victims. 

The 21-bill package signed Thursday lets victims clear their criminal records. Minors suspected of prostitution will be presumed to be victims, and "johns" soliciting sex from minors will face stiffer criminal penalties.