Michigan — As 14 states draft up bills to grant privileged status to police officers with Blue Lives Matter laws, one state, in particular, is magnitudes worse in regards to the atrocities their cops can legally commit. In Michigan, police are granted immunity from prosecution if they have sex with a prostitute or a sex trafficking victim during an investigation. Seriously.
As the Free Thought Project previously reported in 2014, Honolulu police officers urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations. For years, these two states allowed their cops to have sex with prostitutes and victims of human trafficking while at the same time arresting these women.
Hawaii has since gotten rid of their law and, thanks to Bridgette Carr, a director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, Michigan is on the chopping block next.
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.
Cops who abuse this ridiculous law say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers. Critics, however, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it's unnecessary and can further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade.