Human Trafficking: Not Just a Foreign Issue

By Ray Wilbur
Listen Up, Lansing

Imagine being treated as a slave and being manipulated into thinking there is no way out. Imagine not knowing who to turn to, or where to go for help. Human trafficking reaches small corners of the earth, and is a problem that agencies and people are fighting to eliminate in Lansing and Michigan as a whole on a daily basis. Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, and Sen. Bill Cassidy introduced a bi-partisan bill known as the Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015 that could change the lives of human trafficking victims in America. The bill intends to assist health care professionals in better recognizing possible signs of human trafficking in patients by awarding grants to schools of medicine that teach the signs of human trafficking and creating a training program for health care professionals to better identify victims.

Peters has been vocal about human trafficking issues in Michigan and has worked alongside the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force to learn more about the broader issue.

Lansing Businesses Behind the Scenes

By Ray Wilbur
Listen Up, Lansing

Bustling bars, sandwich shops, and cafés – downtown Lansing is an environment that’s always changing, and always finding new ways to attract more people. Businesses in Lansing are vital to the quality of life of its inhabitants, and numerous organizations in the state of Michigan work to attract and keep businesses in the Lansing area to keep the quality of life of it’s families high. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership or LEAP is one of these organizations and works daily to bring new businesses to Lansing and the tri-county area. “We’re tasked with attracting new businesses to Lansing, and also helping to grow those businesses, so they can provide jobs for families,” LEAP Chief Operating Officer Steve Willobee said. LEAP has helped bring such companies as Niowave Inc., and Farm Bureau Insurance to Michigan and the Lansing area, and continually works with GM to grow customer awareness of new cars being built in Michigan.