New Michigan law to combat human trafficking takes effect

Michigan law now requires rest stops, strip clubs, airports and other high volume public places to post signs informing the public about human trafficking. (MGN)

On Monday, a new law went into effect in Michigan aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law that requires signs to be posted at rest stops, welcome facilities, bus and rail stations, airports and places where a human trafficking may be likely.

That includes adult entertainment venues.

The signs read:

"If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave, whether the activity is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 888-373-7888 or text 233733 to access help and services. The victims of human trafficking are protected under U.S. laws and the laws of this state.

Recognizing the potential red flags and signs of human trafficking:

Common Work and Living Conditions:

-He or she is in the commercial sex industry and has a pimp/manager.

-He or she is unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips.

-He or she owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off.

-He or she was recruited through fake promises concerning the nature and conditions of his/her work.

Poor Mental Health or Abnormal Behavior:

-He or she is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or paranoid.

-He or she exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior when law enforcement is discussed.

Poor Physical Health:

-He or she appears malnourished or shows signs of repeated exposure to harmful chemicals.

-He or she shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture.

Lack of Control:

-He or she has few or no personal possessions.

-He or she is not in control of his/her money, has no financial reports or bank accounts.

-He or she is not in control of his/her identification documents (ID or passport).

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