Human Traffic Watch

Human trafficking notices debut in Georgia

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on October 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

A sign on a wall at GRU Medical Center regarding human trafficking is seen Wednesday afternoon Sept. 18, 2013. (Michael Holahan, Associated Press)

The issue of human trafficking is getting increased exposure in Augusta and across the state with a new law that went into effect this month.

Bars, airports and hospitals are posting notices in an effort to reduce the number of people in Georgia who are forced into commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude.

State Attorney General Sam Olens estimates that more than 28,000 men knowingly or unknowingly have sex with prostituted girls each year in Georgia and that every month, 200 to 500 girls, mostly ages 12 to 14, are commercially exploited statewide.

Alarmed by the statistics, Olens joined forces with state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, to advocate for stronger human trafficking laws in Georgia, including House Bill 141, which imposes a fine of up to $5,000 for businesses that fail to inform victims of a 24-hour, toll-free hotline they can call for help.

Source: Deseret News

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