Up until now, if you were a police officer on the clock in Michigan, you would be safe from prosecution while having sexual encounters with a prostitute.
Republican Senator Judy Emmons sponsored the bill, with the knowledge that something just is not right with the way things were.
A new law was put into place that says if police officers are investigating or if they’re under cover, they will no longer have the pleasure of indulging in sex with prostitutes and get away scott free.
Now, it will be possible for officers to be prosecuted for ‘prostitution related offences’ if they are discovered to be “engaged in sexual penetration while in the course of his or her duties.”
Michigan was the only state in the U.S. that did not have this updated law in effect.
Although no one has abused this law in a way that made it necessary to make this change, it is possible for people to impersonate officers and coerce sex workers into intercourse. Making this changes will put great strides in combating human trafficking.
From Global News:
“I don’t know how anyone could come out and argue against this,” she told the Detroit Free Press. This begs the question: why did Michigan have such a law on its books in the first place? Bridgette Carr, director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, told Michigan Radio in February that the law was set up that way simply to give police the power to investigate with immunity, and that “no one thought to go back and carve out a prohibition against sexual intercourse.” Carr said it wasn’t unheard of for people with knowledge of the exemption — police as well as people falsely impersonating police — to use it as leverage to threaten sex workers. “It’s not rampant, but it happens. And I think it says something about us as a community that we would allow this type of exemption for law enforcement, whether it’s used very often or not,” she said.