Human Trafficking comes in 2 primary forms; sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
Sex Trafficking: the exploitation of a person for commercial sexual activity through force, fraud or coercion. Victims of sex trafficking are often forced to engage in prostitution, exotic dancing or pornography. Most importantly, any sexually exploited child is a trafficking victim even if there is no force, fraud or coercion.
Labor Trafficking: is the exploitation of a person for labor or services through force, fraud or coercion. Labor trafficking victims are often forced into domestic servitude, agricultural work, restaurant work, or sweatshop factory work.
The Number One Question: Is human trafficking a problem in Northern Michigan?
Unfortunately yes, Michigan now ranks #2 in the Nation for Human Trafficking and arrests have been made locally in Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties.