Moose Lodge Aids Local Police in the Prevention of Human Trafficking

State Police arrested James Jarrell and Jeffrey Kobel in Crawford County, Michigan.

That’s after a woman caught stealing a car lead troopers to the men she says held her captive.

The arrests happened Friday, January 10th, at a home on Roberta Drive in Crawford County’s South Branch Township.

Moose Members Bob and Cathy Funkey are both heavily involved with spreading the word about human trafficking and online predators. It’s done hand-in-hand with the Moose lodge and an organization called Safe Surfin’.

“They’re based out of Virginia and in the funds that we raise throughout the state in our Moose lodge, we support giving the state police department super computers so they can track online predators. We also have online kits that we lend out to police departments, sheriff’s offices,” said Bob.

Bob says the arrests in Crawford County show that work remains.

“Well, it’s shocking, it’s a little surprising, but with the amount of human trafficking that’s going on in the state, it’s not totally surprising. We don’t suspect, we don’t have anything to do with in our little town of 2,500 people anybody that we know of that’s involved in that, but you just never know,” said Bob.

Bob says some of that work includes changes in state laws.

“Especially in Michigan and the I-75 corridor. We have done research and we have found that we are one of the top two or three states in the country that’s experiencing trafficking,” explained Bob.

Bob added that law enforcement also needs a boost in funding to combat human trafficking and online predators.

*Story courtesy of 9&10 News, Northern Michigan’s News Leader. To view the featured video about this story, visit the 9&10 News website. To learn more about Safe Surfin’ organization and their partnership with Moose International, visit their website.