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New Michigan Legislation aims to help victims of human trafficking 

Human trafficking victims would get help in rebuilding their lives under legislation approved by the Michigan House. House members unanimously approved the measure on Wednesday. Republican Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian sponsored the bill that could forgive prostitution-related offenses that victims were forced to commit, even if they have a prior convicton. She says the bill would make them eligible for parole and deferral instead of jailing them so that they have a chance to become pro-ductive members of society. 

Victims now are only eligible for one-time de-ferred sentences for certain charges the victim was forced to commit if all conditions of probation have been met. It also applies to victims who have had no previous convictions. The bill now moves on to the GOP-controlled Senate for approval. 

Detroit Free Press, 03/22/2017 

Submitted by Tressa Duffin, MSP

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