[2/2/17] Michigan is reportedly the only state in the US which has a law giving police immunity from prosecution if they have sex with prostitutes during an investigation.
Bridgette Carr, a director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, is now working with Representative Gary Glenn to draft a bill to get rid of the law.
Ms Carr told Michigan Radio she became aware of the exemption a couple of years ago when Hawaii was “phasing out their exemption”.
“And a number of folks in the human trafficking community were upset that Michigan retained the exemption,” she told the station.
The exemption potentially allows police officers to have sex with human trafficking victims without facing punishment.
“The reason the law is structured the way it is is because of the way the prostitution laws are written,” she said.
“So for law enforcement to have any power to investigate with immunity, they got all the power. And no one thought to go back and carve out a prohibition against sexual intercourse.”