Urge Georgia Legislators to Vote NO on Child Sex Trafficking
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Georgia State House

Urge Georgia Legislators to Vote NO on Child Sex Trafficking

    1. Dana Liebelson
    2. Petition by

      Dana Liebelson

      Washington, DC

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April 2011

Victory

Despite the fact that House Bill 200 was an urgently needed piece of legislation that will finally equip Georgia with the tools to combat human trafficking — no one can quite believe this groundbreaking bill passed. But thanks to the help of more than 300 Change.org readers and some passionate and dedicate representatives and lobbyists, a comprehensive trafficking law in Georgia isn’t just a pipe dream anymore — it’s reality.

 

What do you consider a greater crime: trafficking marijuana—or a thirteen-year-old girl? This is the question that will soon be posed to Georgia legislators. A House Bill introduced last week would increase the penalties for trafficking in the state to the level of drug trafficking. It would also include trafficking victims in the state crime victims’ fund—offering them support and an affirmative defense—and would assist law enforcement and prosecutors in helping combat trafficking.  House Bill 200 is urgently needed legislation: sign this petition and show your support today!

To outsiders, Georgia brings to mind peaches, collared greens and sweet accents—but according to several in-depth studies, sex trafficking should be added to that list. In 2005, the FBI named Atlanta as one of 14 cities in the nation with the highest number of children used in prostitution—and the problem hasn’t gotten better. Last January, a study reported that 400 girls are commercially sexually exploited in Georgia each month, and the average age of these girls is between 12 and 14 years old. In another Georgia study, the number of internet ads featuring women described as “young” received up to 175 percent more inquiries than the ads that did not mention age.

House Bill 200, which was introduced by Representative Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta), would address this by giving criminals the penalties they deserve. Trafficking offenders would face up to 20 years in prison, and 50 years if convicted of trafficking a child—the same penalties as convicted drug traffickers. The bill also has several other progressive provisions, such as allowing the state to seize property bought through trafficking profits.

According to The Examiner, a similar bill was introduced last year, but failed due to its inability to address this complex issue. This legislation has been put together with input from police, prosecutors and Georgia advocacy groups and social services, and promises to truly make a difference in how trafficking is fought in Georgia. Send this petition to Georgia legislators today!

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Final Push: Get Georgia Anti-Trafficking Bill Through the Senate!

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Thanks to the outstanding commitment and support from anti-trafficking organizations in Georgia—and over 250 Change.org readers—House Bill 200 flew through the House, passing 168-1. We’re within arm’s reach of helping pass a landmark bill...

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Dana Liebelson
      Petition Organizer

      HB 200 passed the House about 45 minutes ago 168 – 1. On to victory!

    4. Dana Liebelson
      Petition Organizer

      2/24: House Bill 200 "favorably reported" during first hearing. Keep up the good work!

    5. Groundbreaking Georgia Trafficking Bill Heads to First Hearing

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      An urgently needed bill that addresses child trafficking in Georgia had its first hearing on Monday. As reported last week, Georgia is steadily growing into a human trafficking hub, thanks in part to some of the weakest laws in the country, and a...

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Urge Georgia Legislatures to Vote NO on Child Sex Trafficking

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      What do you consider a greater crime: trafficking marijuana or a thirteen-year-old girl? This is the question that will soon be posed to Georgia legislatures. A House Bill introduced last week would increase the penalties for trafficking in the state...

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Smith KATY, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      How the hell is this even an issue anymore? How could anyone vote *for* human trafficking? I just don't understand how this could possibly still be legal.

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    • Charyse Kirby LEXINGTON, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      If we don't protect these children who will? All children deserve protection. We are their voice!!!

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    • Harry Plath MC DONOUGH, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      Child sex trafficking has been ignored by our past legistrators, and now the time has come for some true, meaningful actions that will properly address this sickness in our state, and our country... Stop the revolving door of injustice, and put traffickers away for good..

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    • L M PINE, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Please Vote YES! Thank You!!

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    • Melody Wright LIZELLA, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      Any information on opening a home for these human beings would be greatly appreciated. I am a survivor. After two years of healing my mind and my heart it is apparent we need more beds. I just keep running into road blocks.

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