MI bill to crack down on human trafficking could result in land grab

By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Legislation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking could result in government taking more property from citizens in Michigan.

At issue is a “willful blindness” clause inserted into House Bills 5230 and 5233that would allow government officials to take property from people who, while not involved with a crime, benefit by getting property as a result of some form of criminal activity.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan opposes the bills, saying the legislation expands the ability of government to force people to forfeit property without clearly written rules for doing so.

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

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