Police and prosecutors from throughout the state are gathered in Lansing to better learn how to recognize and fight the issue of human trafficking.
After a four-day jury trial conducted in Wayne County Circuit Court, 33-year-old Sedrick Leman-Isaac Mitchell of Detroit was convicted of eight criminal charges in connection with forcing two young girls to engage in prostitution.
One of the alleged victims, now 15-years-old, testified Thursday afternoon during a preliminary exam for a Detroit man nicknamed “Gruesome,” the first person to face charges under Michigan’s human trafficking law.
Thanks to a new state law amping up human trafficking enforcement, there has been an arrest of a Detroit man nicknamed “Gruesome.”
Authorities have made 19 arrests in a prostitution ring that smuggled women from Mexico to work in brothels in throughout the Midwest.
Amendments intended to strengthen the existing human trafficking law take effect on Friday in Michigan, where experts say the form of modern-day slavery occurs more often than most people realize.
Veniamin Gonikman, 55, was charged in Detroit in 2005 in a 22-count indictment with trafficking in persons, forced labor, and alien smuggling, among other charges was arrested on Thursday in New York.