This article, while balanced on the whole, unfortunately focuses too much on sex trafficking and fails to mention trafficking for labor. I mean, not even once!
That said, the article is also interesting because it highlights this new state law in Georgia, where Atlanta has seen increasing amounts of trafficking in humans. Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, said that the new law "would allow victims to avoid being charged by testifying against a suspect." Okay. But, in terms of immigration law, victims of sex trafficking under age 18 are not required to testify against their traffickers. So, this law would actually be worse for young victims engaged in commercial sex. Also, what are these victims being "charged" with? Is the assumption here that in lieu of being charged with prostitution, they could instead testify against their trafficker? If a victim is engaging in prostitution due to force, fraud or coercion, then first, how is that a crime that the victim is committing? Is not a crime against them? If the prostituted persons are the victims, what exactly are they being "charged" with? Feel free to weigh in here! Comments welcome!
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