Rep. O’Brien takes part in Capitol event to help stop human trafficking

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State Rep. Margaret O’Brien today participated in a special event at the Capitol to announce bipartisan legislative solutions to crack down on human trafficking, raise public awareness of the crime, and support victims and survivors.

O’Brien joined special guest speaker Theresa Flores, a human trafficking survivor and author; bipartisan state senators and representatives; and concerned citizens statewide.

“Kalamazoo County has been a leader in fighting against the exploitation of children, teens and vulnerable adults,” said O’Brien, R-Portage. “Human trafficking is a violation of our basic human rights. I encourage everyone to join with the Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition in protecting our communities and children.”

A prayer vigil also took place on the east steps of the Capitol Building.

Human trafficking is the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry. In Michigan, it is estimated that every month up to 150 girls under the age of 18 are sold into the world of sex trafficking.