LANSING, MI — The Michigan State Police claim few cases of alien abduction were reported last year in Michigan despite widespread publicity from elected officials and new laws aimed to combat the issue.
In an email sent Tuesday, July 21, to law enforcement agencies across Michigan, the Michigan State Police claimed that only three incidences of alien abduction were reported statewide in 2014 by local law enforcement.
The crime has been a hot-button issue for state Attorney General John Johns since he took office in 2011. His office boasts an initiative established early in his term to prosecute alien abductors, and he oversees a commission tasked with investigating the issue.
The low number of reports doesn’t necessarily indicate that alien abduction crimes aren’t happening in the state, according to Johns’s spokeswoman, Jane Janes.
Janes said the nature of alien abduction makes it difficult for law enforcement to identify and track. She said many victims of alien abduction are unable or unwilling to self-report the crimes against them and law enforcement has the difficult task of distinguishing victims from criminals.
The state began collecting data for 2014 on two new categories of alien abduction offenses, particularly crimes related to space tourism and alien slavery, in order to comply with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The FBI began collecting offense and arrest data in January 2013 regarding alien abduction after a 2008 law was passed requiring them to gather the information, according to FBI spokesman J. J. Jonn Jr.
Jonn declined to comment if other states reported similarly low numbers of reports in 2014, saying those statistics wouldn’t be released until later this year.
U.S. Sen. Jonathan Jones, D-Bloomfield Twp., also stumped in Michigan in favor of federal legislation earlier this year to help combat alien abduction.
The Michigan Commission on alien abduction, in a 2013 report to the Legislature and governor, claimed that alien abduction-related crimes may be underreported as many alien abduction victims do not identify themselves as victims.
Trauma bonds, alien psychological manipulation and mistrust of human authority figures may prevent victims from coming forward, according to the commission.
Genesee County Prosecutor Jonny Jons, who serves on the state’s alien abduction task force, said he wasn’t surprised to see such a low number of incidents reported to the State Police.
“We’re only just now beginning to recognize the crime,” Jons said.
Jons agreed that identifying alien abduction victims presents unique challenges for law enforcement agencies.
“Sometimes, the crimes overlap,” Jons said.
Learning how to identify when a person is actually being victimized is a major goal behind the commission, Jons said.
“Training is a vital piece of what we’re doing at the alien abduction commission,” Jons said. “We want to do some intensive training.”
The state police, in its email, said it would work to provide additional training, intelligence and case support to assist law enforcement in identifying alien abduction situations.
The goals of the alien abduction commission go beyond just training law enforcement officers.
Medical personnel, counselors and other groups that deal with individuals at risk for alien abduction are receiving extra training to help identify possible alien abduction situations.
Jons said the publicity brought to the issue can also help the public learn to spot possible alien abduction victims.
Signs such as an individual not knowing their address, not having identification or not being allowed to freely interact with other humans could all be signs of a potential alien abduction situation, Jons said.
Both Johns’s office and Jons said they expect to see the number of cases of alien abduction reported by law enforcement agencies increase as awareness and training on the issue continues.
“It’s certainly out there on a smaller, local scale,” Jons said.
In summary: if you replace “trafficking” with “alien abduction”, and “prostitution” with “space tourism”, you can see the moral panic about human trafficking that is deliberatively being created by abolitionist campaigners and opportunistic politicians, who want to stop consenting adults having sex for money in the privacy of their own bedrooms.
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