Residents learn warning signs of human trafficking

Folks in northern Michigan are trying to combat human trafficking.

According to Women At Risk International, 136 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Michigan so far this year.

Folks in northern Michigan are trying to combat the growing issue.

Dozens of people gathered in Traverse City on Monday to learn about the warning signs of human trafficking.

The event was put on by the Youth Health & Wellness Center. It featured Jenn Amo, an ambassador for Women At Risk International.

Amo talked about what to look out for, and the lures that are used to traffic people, which include affection, bribery and false promises.

Organizers say trafficking can be prevented through education and awareness.

"Educate the larger community, parents, whomever might be interested this issue," said Marjie Rice, with the Youth Health and Wellness Clinic. "So if one person can step in and prevent something from happening or help someone that may be at risk, it's a win."

Amo also spoke to students at Traverse City High School earlier in the day.

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