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PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY

Our team is dedicated to keeping children and adults safe from exploitation.

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ABOUT US

As a nonprofit organization, the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force supports and encourages a collaborative effort among local and federal law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim service providers in and around Marquette, Michigan. Aside from this, our other core functions include:

  • Case Operations
  • Data Reporting and Assessment
  • Public Community Engagement Awareness and Training

In the fight to eliminate Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), we will win by uniting, not as a single wave, but rather as a tidal wave of advocates demanding dignity for all in putting an end to exploitation of persons for profit.


Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a commercial transaction that involves the sexual exploitation of a child or person under the age of consent. CSEC involves a range of abuses, including but not limited to:

  • Prostitution of Children (e.g. Survival Sex, Street Prostitution, Child Sex Tourism, Gang-Based Prostitution, Intra-Familial Pimping, etc.)
  • Child Pornography (Including Live Streaming Sexual Abuse)
  • Stripping
  • Erotic Massage
  • Phone Sex Lines
  • Internet-Based Exploitation
  • Early Forced Marriage

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human trafficking affects individuals across the world and right here in Michigan. It is commonly regarded as the second largest criminal enterprise after drugs. Human trafficking affects every community in Michigan across age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds.


If the individual is in imminent danger, immediately call 9-1-1.


Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which people profit from the control and exploitation of others. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Victims include children and adults who are forced, deceived, or coerced into commercial sex acts and/or labor or services against their will and who often receive little to no compensation.


Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the commercial sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered victims of human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors engaging in “survival sex” to obtain basic necessities such as food, shelter, or transportation are also considered victims.

OUR PARTNERS

Please become one of our partners! We currently have more than 40 partner agencies representing 15 U.P. counties that are united in one cause—to fight against human trafficking here in the U.P.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Stephanie Krieger

President of the Board

S7 Consulting

[email protected]

(989) 245-3760

Betsy Huggett

Vice President of the Board

Diane Peppler Resource Center

[email protected]

(906) 635-0566

Darlene Kyto

Treasurer of the Board

Zonta Club of Marquette Area

Retired NMU Public Safety Institute

[email protected]

(906) 361-3069

Kathy Bigger

Board Secretary

[email protected]

Courtney Aldrich

Victim Rights Specialist

Mackinac County Prosecutor’s Office

[email protected]

(906) 643-7329

Terry L. Pearson

 Chief of Police

Hannahville Tribal Police Department

[email protected]

(906) 466-2911

Jen Peterson

Delta County Central Dispatch

911 Operations Coordinator

(906) 786-5911 O.

(906) 280-8821 C.

 

Todd Wilton

Resident Agent in Charge 

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

(906) 253-7506

[email protected]


Marlene F. Mottes-Administrator

Tribal Victim Assistance Specialist

DOJ-United States Attorney’s Office

Western District of Michigan

Northern Division Office

Marquette, MI 49855

(906)226-1422 Phone

(906)226-3700 Fax

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