Amnesty for sex buyers will enable human traffickers


Free Press editorial cartoonist explores the problem of sex trafficking in Michigan and how to put a stop to it.

When I learned that one of our elected officials had created a policy to decriminalize sex buyers in our community, I was in shock. 

Put simply, Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney Eli Savit has created a policy where sex buyers will not be criminally changed for the purchase of sex. 

Savit contends that his policy is “empowering” for women selling sex in consensual transactions. He says he intends to continue to prosecute trafficking, and transactions involving violence and minors.

There is nothing empowering about prostitution and enabling the commercial sex industry. We have seen around the world that the sex industry grows when it is legitimized. When the demand for commercial sex increases and there are not enough willing participants to fill the demand, sex traffickers enter to meet that demand with vulnerable persons — especially children and young adults.  


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