Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery, widespread throughout the United States, and occurring right here in Michigan.

  • Michigan’s proximity to the Canadian border and waterways increases the likelihood of trafficking in the state. – The Hope Project
  • Michigan has had cases of traffickers prostituting minors to Michigan truck stops and then over to hotels in Toledo. – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Toledo has been ranked as the 4th largest city in the U.S. for human trafficking. – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Cities in Michigan with the most calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and reported by The Polaris Project include: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Mackinac Island.
  • Major gatherings of people, such as the North American International Auto Show, and major sporting events like the Super Bowl, are prime targets for human trafficking. – Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
  • At any given time, there are over 2,400 children for sale on the internet in West Michigan alone. – Women At Risk International
  • Michigan ranks #2 for human trafficking in the nation, only behind Nevada.

Do you know the signs? Human Tariffing is a form of modern day slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. They are young children, teenagers, men and women. Trafficking occurs throughout the world. Does it happen near where we live? Michigan ranks #2 for human trafficking in the United States, only behind Nevada.

Faith Afire welcomes Trooper Kyle McInerney of the Michigan State Police to St. Stephen Church on Wednesday evening August 8th at 7 p.m. Trooper McInerney will expose this evil that surrounds us. A question and answer period will follow his presentation.

St. Stephen – Wednesday August 8th – 7 p.m. – 500 Union Street – Lake City – Michigan

Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Contact Deacon Frank Kopasz at (231) 839-2121 with questions.