Posted by Eric Tindall on Jul 18, 2019
At the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Lunch Meeting on August 18, 2019, Tiffany Fitzpatrick talked about Human Trafficking in Michigan. 
Tiffany is a fellow Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club in Saline. Last year she joined Love Runs, which is a non-profit organization based out of Northridge Church that focuses on fighting human trafficking in southeast Michigan.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.
  • Sex trafficking is the recruitment, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. 
    • Sex Trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels,  escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution.
  • Labor trafficking is the recruitment of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
    • Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings including, domestic work, small businesses, large farms, and factories.
Michigan ranks among the worst in the nation for sex slavery and human trafficking.
If you would like to do more click here to go to Tiffany's Love Runs campaign page or got to the National Human Trafficking Hotline website.