We are so excited about this new law in Georgia & we just had to post about it!
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.
This new law requires the following to post the notice that lists the hotline number in conspicuous places
- adult entertainment businesses
- bus stations
- truck stops
- job recruitment centers
- interstate rest areas
- massage parlors
- tattoo studios
The new law was signed on May 6, 2013 in Georgia and the specified businesses were required to post these signs on September 15, 2013.
DID YOU KNOW that in 2001, IN GEORGIA the pimping of a child was punishable as a misdemeanor crime with a fine of only $50?
Thankfully with partnering efforts with nonprofit advocates and law enforcement like Georgia’s Not Buying It, the laws are changing.
House Bill 141 follows two years of heightened human trafficking enforcement in Georgia.
In July 2011, Georgia substantially increased the punishment for human trafficking from a possible one-year sentence to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
If trafficking causes a minor to commit sex acts by coercion or deception, traffickers face 25 years to life in prison, up from a maximum sentence of 20 years. Offenders can also be fined up to $100,000. The tougher penalties led Georgia to become one of seven states to earn a B grade in a national study conducted by Shared Hope International, a nonprofit that grades the effectiveness of the states’ human trafficking law annually. Georgia was previously scored as a C.
Shared Hope International stated in Georgia’s overall 2013 report that, “Georgia has a comprehensive human trafficking law and commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) laws that can be used to combat demand. However, traffickers are not required to register as sex offenders, creating vulnerability for at risk children”.