Bipartisan group will push amendment to aid trafficking victims

A bipartisan group of current and former elected officials will lead an effort to urge voters to approve a constitutional amendment in November that would fund services for children who are victims of human trafficking.

Republican Attorney General Sam Olens, Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, a Democrat, will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights to formally kick off the campaign.

Bob Rodgers, president and CEO of Street Grace, and Dorsey Jones, a survivor of child trafficking and a victim’s advocate, will also speak.

If approved by voters in November, the constitutional amendment would create the Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Fund. Also known as Rachel’s Law, the amendment would create a dedicated source of funding for various services.

The money would come from new $2,500 fines for anyone convicted of human trafficking crimes and from a new $5,000 annual fee on strip clubs and other adult businesses. The money could be used housing, counseling and medical treatment for victims.

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 NYT: Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump in 2016
  2. 2 17 killed when duck boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Misso
  3. 3 101 pounds of marijuana found in car during Georgia traffic stop

More from AJC