SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force
2699 Lake Bluff Terrace, St. Joseph, 49085 (directions)
WHO ARE WE?
The SW Mi Human Trafficking Task Force, (SWMHTTF), was founded in 2012 to educate and bring awareness to the communities of southwest Michigan about human trafficking and to develop a plan for a victim-centered approach using a multi-disciplinary team. The SWMHTTF is a collaboration of law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, faith based organizations and concerned citizens. Local members include: the sheriff’s dept, the local FBI, Salvation Army, Lakeland Hospital, Safe Shelter, Sen. John Proos, Pokagon Tribal Police, Andrews University, Lake Michigan College, Prosecutors Office, Planting Hope, Three Oaks Rotary, several churches, several police depts., and many concerned citizens to list a few. We were the third regional human trafficking task force in the state to be formed and are under the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force which is housed at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, directed by Jane White. The task force is totally dependent upon donations and contributions from the public.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is considered the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, only surpassed by the sale of drugs. It is estimated that it is over a $32 BILLION dollar industry. There are two distinct forms of trafficking: Sex and Labor. The average age for a trafficked victim is between 12-14 years of age.