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A Michigan bill would ban cops from legally sleeping with prostitutes. It's legal now.


In Michigan, it's legal for police officers to have sex with prostitutes. That might be about to change soon.

Michigan is the only state where officers can avoid charges if they sleep with prostitutes as long as it's part of an undercover investigation. That law used to be more widespread, but after Hawaii repealed a similar law in 2014, only Michigan remains. 

The bill has been unanimously approved by the state Senate and moved to the House, which has already introduced a similar bill.

Finally we are to the point where we need to eradicate this law and get rid of it.
Judy Emmons, state senator

State Sen. Judy Emmons, a Republican, said she doesn't believe officers are abusing the law but wants it off the books before it could possibly become an issue.

Emmons said from what law enforcement tells her, no officer is trained in how to use or abuse the law.

Bridgette Carr, director of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic, said she found one case in 2003 where an undercover cop had sex with a prostitute. She said his actions were "wrong but not illegal."

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