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Pimps and others who make money by trafficking other people’s bodies now will have to go before a Superior Court judge when they ask for bond.

The change comes after Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia Senate Bill 461, which puts human trafficking on the level of rape, murder, treason, hijacking, kidnapping, arson, aggravated stalking, Schedule I or II drug manufacturing or dealing, child sexual abuse, and other serious crimes.

State Sen. Valencia Seay (D-34) cosponsored the bill, which applies to human trafficking for labor and for sexual servitude.

Anyone charged with violating O.C.G.A. 16-5-46 is subject to the new law.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, “The legislation adds human trafficking to the list of serious violent and sexual offenses that require a superior court judge to grant bail and builds on the work of the First Lady, the GRACE Commission, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit under the purview of Attorney General Chris Carr.”

Gov. Brian Kemp said of the new law, “No issue to improve the safety and well-being of Georgians has had more bipartisan support than the top priority of our First Lady and the GRACE Commission — to end human trafficking in our state. With Marty lending her voice to this important cause and working to streamline communication between the public, private, and non-profit sectors, Georgia has changed the conversation around human trafficking while championing reforms that make our state a safe haven for victims and a place of punishment for traffickers. I’m glad to sign this bill into law, and I am thankful for all they do for Georgia’s children.”

If you or someone you know is being trafficked for sex or work, call (866) 363-4842 or text 233733 for help.

Si usted o alguien que conoce está siendo objeto de trata con fines sexuales o laborales, llame al (866) 363-4842 o envíe un mensaje de texto al 233733 para obtener ayuda.

Nếu bạn hoặc ai đó mà bạn biết đang bị mua bán vì tình dục hoặc công việc, hãy gọi (866) 363-4842 hoặc nhắn tin 233733 để được giúp đỡ.

Si w ap fè trafik oumenm oswa yon moun ou konnen pou fè sèks oswa pou travay, rele (866) 363-4842 oswa voye tèks 233733 pou w jwenn èd.

Ọ bụrụ na gị ma ọ bụ onye ị maara na a na-ere ahịa maka mmekọahụ ma ọ bụ ọrụ, kpọọ (866) 363-4842 ma ọ bụ degara 233733 maka enyemaka.

Learn more about human trafficking in Georgia from Polaris.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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