Human Trafficking Act

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

MCL 750.462

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

Human lives are at stake when it comes to human trafficking, and by enforcing these laws further, we can save their lives.

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

News and the internet discussing the severity and commonness of human trafficking within Michigan’s borders.

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

 

Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: 

CONSULTATION 2: 

CONSULTATION 3:

We called and emailed several places and people to be our consulates, but they could not answer.

Prospectus:

Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)


 

Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1:

Organize a fundraiser and donate the funds to an anti-human trafficking organization.

SOLUTION 2:

Provide job opportunities, internships, and or skills training to victim survivors.

SOLUTION 3:

Raise awareness by incorporating anti-human trafficking ideas into school curricula.

Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

1) While it is very difficult to monitor human trafficking, I think a better idea would be to raise awareness about the issue. This can be done by the government either holding events to explain the troubles associated with human trafficking or schools incorporating anti-human trafficking ideas in their curriculum, especially at a young age.    2) In my opinion, the ideas I just listed above are also the solutions to human trafficking.   3) If the government were to hold events to raise awareness, then they would likely partner with a non-profit organization, which would lower the costs the government incurs. After looking at some other initiatives the government has partaken in, I would say that having 2-3 government fundraisers per year would cost no more than $7 million throughout the year. Additionally, if the government changed the curriculum to incorporate human trafficking ideas, there would not be a significant cost increase. An idea like human-trafficking can briefly be incorporated when learning about slavery. All it would take would be for the teacher to talk about this form of "modern slavery" for a day or two. 

 

This advice from our mentor has allowed us to further narrow our solutions down and have an estimate as to how much it would roughly cost.

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

News and articles online have informed us of only the surface of human trafficking.  Upon further research, there are very limited ways to stop this issue.  Our initial thoughts were to monitor the transportations of known human trafficking and attempt to stop the sell in process of the transportation.  However, this is very hard to monitor and is not a very efficient and cost-effective solution to the problem at hand.  The advice from our mentor helped our solutions by giving us further insight into human trafficking and the ways to begin to stop it.

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

Drake C. - Wrote proposal, researched solutions

Talon S. - Researched problems and solutions

Johnathon R. - Wrote proposal, contacted mentor

Lexi P. - Researched problems and solutions, contacted consultants

Matt L. - Researched problems and solutions

Kirby H. - Researched problems and solutions

Jesse L. - Researched problems and solutions, contacted consultants

 

===FORMAL PROPOSAL===

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS....

Every thirty seconds someone is a victim of human trafficking.

 

WHEREAS....

Michigan’s proximity to the Canadian border and easy access to the waterway increase the likelihood of human trafficking within the state.

 

WHEREAS....

Human trafficking brings in $32 billion dollars annually.


WHEREAS....   Human trafficking is 98% women and 2% men.  

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

  1. Increase the penalty to decrease the people interested in the business.

  2. Incorporate anti-human trafficking into school curricula.

  3. Increase awareness of human trafficking to the public.

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

  1. Increasing the penalty is “inhumane” and the longevity of the sentence could severely increase the spending.

  2. Monitoring transportation increases the spending on people and time.

  3. Increasing awareness increases the spending on time and materials.

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

The estimated cost will be $7 million annually to raise awareness for human trafficking.

References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/11/15/how-to-end-modern-slavery-and-human-trafficking/#10825ad45405

https://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/help/

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/02/08/govt-nonprofits-partner-fight-human-trafficking-detroit/97670636/

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