Michigan State Police Launch Initiative to Prevent Human Trafficking in N. Michigan

Michigan State Police are taking action to crack down on human trafficking by launching a preventative initiative across Northern Michigan.

Troopers with the Michigan State Police Seventh District are planning operations in several Northern Michigan cities, including Gaylord, Cadillac and Traverse City, to target people involved in human trafficking.

The operations will take place throughout the rest of the year. 

At the same time, MSP community service troopers will speak with local hotel and motel owners, along with members of other public and private groups, to educate them on recognizing signs of human trafficking activity.

“It’s hugely important. I mean, a lot of people that are involved in the sex trafficking are minors, you know, the FBI just seized Backpage and there was an estimate that 85 percent of the things posted on there were for sex trafficking and in the great majority of those involve children. There’s no demographic, it kind of reaches across all genders, races and all social economic levels,” said F/Lt. Frank Keck, Cadillac Post Commander.

MSP says the most common form of human trafficking in Northern Michigan is sex trafficking, with many victims being found through online ads targeting minors.