Georgia governor’s human trafficking crackdown targets ‘modern slavery’

Gov. Brian Kemp, his wife and his top Republican allies unveiled legislation Tuesday that would toughen penalties for sex traffickers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

Gov. Brian Kemp, his wife and his top Republican allies unveiled legislation Tuesday that would toughen penalties for sex traffickers and ease the rehabilitation of their victims, part of what he called an ongoing effort to “drag this evil industry into the light.”

The governor and First Lady Marty Kemp detailed the legislation at a press conference flanked by victims of sex trafficking and legislative leaders, underscoring how the trio of proposals are an election-year focus of his administration.

One part would require people convicted of some trafficking crimes to register as sex offenders, while another proposal would ban convicted sex traffickers from holding a commercial driver’s license if he or she was convicted of using a commercial vehicle to commit the offense.

A third provision would make it easier for victims of the crime to restrict access to their criminal records or secure a judicial order that sets aside judgments issued for the wrongly convicted. Marty Kemp said it would deliver a “much needed fresh start to those who need it most.”

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Kemp has made targeting sex trafficking a key part of his second legislative session in office. As lawmakers returned to Atlanta last week to kick off the 40-day session, the governor and first lady unveiled a new training program to help identify victims of the crime.

The course was designed by members of the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education Commission that the governor created shortly after his election to combat the crime. Kemp said his office’s employees have completed the program, and he encouraged every state employee — roughly 80,000 of them — to do the same.

In his first months in office, Kemp also signed legislation that increased penalties for those convicted of pimping or pandering, gave the state new powers to provide emergency care for a child victim and broadened the definition of criminal gang activity to include the crime.

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