When prostitutes were found at a "health spa" in Fenton in December, it raised a lot questions. There were allegations by police of human trafficking at the Lake Spa on Torrey Road. Now you'll get a chance to speak out on the issue.
State Rep. Joseph Graves, (R) Fenton Township, will host a town hall in Fenton with the Junior League of Flint on Monday night on how to identify and fight human trafficking. Joining Graves will be state Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, of the Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking, and a representative from Michiganâ??s Attorney General.
The Michigan House has introduced a package of legislation designed to help fight the heinous practice of human trafficking in Michigan.
In a news release, Graves says, "It hides in plain sight, and we need to make people aware of what to look for so we can crack down on those who commit this crime,â?? Graves said. â??We are revising our kidnapping laws so they apply to human trafficking, and legislation will protect victims instead of labeling them as prostitutes. They must be viewed as victims, not criminals.â??
The town hall meeting will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the St. Johns Activity Center, 610 N. Adelaide St. in Fenton. No reservations are needed to attend the meeting.
Those unable to attend who have questions about the issue or want to learn more about the stateâ??s role in reducing human trafficking may contact Graves by calling toll-free at 899-989-5151 or via email at JosephGraves@house.mi.gov.