Daily Briefs

Man sentenced to prison for sex trafficking

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday that Aaron Streety, 34, of Detroit was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison for his involvement in sex trafficking. To date, the department has filed human trafficking charges against 27 individuals – all leading to arrests. This case makes 24 successful human trafficking convictions.

Streety was sentenced Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge Phyllis McMillen. He was charged in May 2018 and pleaded guilty to one count of human trafficking – forced labor causing commercial sex – in early January 2019.

The Investigation into Streety was initiated by the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes (SEMTEC) task force after the victim was rescued from a Southfield hotel. The victim was picked up by Streety at a bus stop where she had just arrived from Georgia. After taking her phone and identification, Streety forced the victim to perform commercial sex acts.

The victim escaped about a week later and called the police.

Since 2011, the Department of the Attorney General has provided training to more than 1,000. The department is also home to the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission – a commission positioning Michigan to become the national leader in crafting policies and laws to combat human trafficking by holding traffickers accountable and serving the needs of victims.


Webinar to discuss peacemaking Feb. 27

A free 90-minute webinar, “Peacemaking Part II,” is set for 2:30 p.m. (ET) February 27.

This session, a follow-up to a 2017 Peacemaking webinar, will discuss how tribal traditions may hold a solution to problems that have proven especially difficult in tribal court, provide examples of how other tribes have had success, and explain how this movement is part of a bigger picture, even internationally, of how indigenous communities are using their own wisdom to solve their problems.

Peacemaking is not alternative dispute resolution to Native communities – it is the original, traditional way Native communities managed to work through disputes for centuries before tribal courts were created.

Because of natural limitations inherent in tribal courts, there is increasing interest in the continuation and revitalization of those traditional ways.

The presenter is Professor Shawn Watts (Cherokee), clinical associate professor and director of the University of Kansas, School of Law Mediation Clinic.

The moderator is Rebekah HorseChief (Osage), program coordinator, National American Indian Court Judges Association.

Closed captioning will be provided. To register, visit: https://ta2ta.org/webinars/registration/peacemaking-part-ii.html.

Any questions, contact Alicia Lord at alord@ ncjfcj.org.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-AC-BX-K004 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.