LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan lawmakers have targeted human trafficking with a bill to make it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity.
The legislation passed the state House passed 93-13 Tuesday. It allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases and aims at human trafficking cases.READ MORE: Some Michigan Counties Pause Jury Trials Due To COVID Surge
The bill lets law enforcement take property and not give notice of forfeiture for 28 days. The current deadline is seven days.READ MORE: 2 Dead, 5 Injured, 1 Missing In Pontiac House Fire
Supporters say changes in the law would give police more time to investigate intricate human trafficking cases. Critics say innocent people could go a long time without the use of a car and house while wondering if police will return the items or seek forfeiture.
The legislation now goes to the Senate.MORE NEWS: More Than 400 Water Lines Replaced, Verified In Benton Harbor; Officials Looking To Accelerate Work
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