Healing from Human Trafficking
with Angela Aufdemberge, President & CEO of Vista Maria
With 100,000 children estimated to be in the sex trade industry in the United States, human trafficking generates billions of dollars. The average age of a victim is 12-14 years old.
Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. The U.S. federal anti-trafficking law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines human trafficking as:
The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking, in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person is induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or, labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Perpetrators prey on the weak including teens that have dropped out of school, are in the foster care system or have run away from home. Human trafficking is a highly profitable and low risk crime. Traffickers target anyone, including children in their own communities. In Michigan, most times the victim is:
A girl or a young woman
Seen as commodities, as easy to recruit
Cheap to maintain and readily replaceable
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Fighting the Measles Outbreak in Michigan
As of April 17, 2019, theMichigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 43 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019.
The outbreak, which began in mid-March, has resulted in 40 cases in Oakland County, one in Wayne County and one in the City of Detroit. In addition, an international traveler was diagnosed with measles following a visit to Washtenaw County, during which time he was contagious. Infected individuals range in age from 8 months to 63 years; a majority of the cases involve adults.
Unvaccinated residents, or residents who are unsure of their vaccination status,shouldget vaccinated. Residents should contact theirhealthcare provider or local health department to receive vaccine. If symptoms develop, do not visit your doctor or emergency room unless you call ahead so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.