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Friday, January 30, 2009

1.30.09 TRAFFICKING NEWS

Nelson Mandela said “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Fight trafficking every day by educating yourself and those around you. -liz

Georgia legislator fights sex abuse with strip club tax

GEORGIA, US- For some people, it may be a sin tax. For others, the proposed state fee to be charged to strip club patrons is a resource for fighting one of Atlanta's most dire threat to young women across the city. Sen. Jack Murphy, a Republican state legislator from Cumming, Georgia, is introducing a bill in this year's session that will add a fee of up to five dollars to patrons of strip clubs. The money, he announced Thursday morning at a press conference with State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), would be used to offset the costs of state services that help exploited children. The pair made the announcement as part of the introduction of this session's legislative agenda for the Joint House-Senate Commission on the Sexual Exploitation of Minors. Unterman, who is chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, reportedly told local press that she is concerned because "young girls are prostituted on Georgia’s streets, on Craigslist, through escort services and in major hotels."

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