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.