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April 24, 2024

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Danny Wimmer

AG Nessel Urges Human Trafficking Awareness During NFL Draft

LANSING – With the NFL Draft expecting to bring hundreds of thousands of football fans to Detroit later this week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants residents to be familiar with the signs of human trafficking, a crime that often preys on large gatherings.

“The NFL Draft will bring a lot of energy and excitement to Detroit, but it can also attract those wishing to exploit others,” Nessel said. “By being informed and aware of the signs of human trafficking, we can all play a major role in protecting those most vulnerable to falling victim.”

Human trafficking victims may:

  • Exhibit signs of abuse, including bruises, cuts, burns, scars, or lack of health care or proper nourishment,
  • Not be in control of their own money, or identifying documents, such as a driver’s license or passport,
  • Avoid eye contact with others, and appear fearful of the person they’re with,
  • Not be allowed to communicate on their own behalf or have their communication restricted. Another person may answer all questions on their behalf, or
  • Not admit they are victims or ask for help.

The Attorney General’s website includes additional tips for health care professionals (PDF)first responders (PDF), and hospitality workers (PDF) – who all have a greater chance of encountering a victim of trafficking directly.

Victims of human trafficking or those who have identified someone they think may need help can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888 or text 233733. This is a national, toll-free hotline, that is available to answer calls, texts, and chats from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. All calls are confidential.