Georgia Voices: Sex Trafficking in Georgia — ‘Public Not Buying It’
by The Augusta Chronicle
April 02, 2013 11:47 PM | 1272 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
You see far too many child molestation cases in the news these days — either because the number of them has gone up or our tolerance for them has gone down. Or perhaps it’s both.

Either way, one of the most disturbing such stories of late involves a former mental health technician at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia indicted in alleged molestations there of three young patients in 2010 and 2012. He has since been fired.

The case is all the more aggravated by the fact that, while children are vulnerable to begin with, in a health-care setting they are at their most susceptible; trust and care is at a premium there.

We know the hospital is more horrified than any of us, and we trust the court system will deal with the perpetrator appropriately if convicted.

But there’s another kind of case in which sex and molestations are combined with a hideous profit motive: sex trafficking.

It sounds like something that occurs far away from your hometown. ...

Georgia authorities are cracking down, even on those patronizing the sex slaves.

And Attorney General Sam Olens and several U.S. attorneys, including Augusta’s own Ed Tarver, have joined in a “Georgia’s Not Buying It” public awareness campaign on sex trafficking.

It’s doubtful that television commercials or billboards will shame anyone out of patronizing an underage sex slave — but the campaign featuring Atlanta sports stars and involving public and private organizations will help raise public awareness. And that’s a start.

Sex trafficking isn’t something that only happens in distant lands. And it’s not something we can afford to ignore or talk about only in whispers.

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