Georgia Senate passes sex trafficking bill
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:46:04 GMT —
The Georgia State Senate has passed a bill that would strengthen penalties for sex trafficking.
House Bill 200 was passed Tuesday and would increase a prison sentence from one year to between 10 and 20 years.
There would also be a $100,000 fine.
If the person trafficked is under 18 years of age and coerced, the jail time would jump to between 25 and 50 years.
The bill also provides for police training guidelines for dealing with sex trafficking.
The bill now awaits Governor Nathan Deal's signature.
According to Georgia's Governor's Office for Children and Families, 90% of exploited children are under the control of a pimp.