AJC: Legislation targeting sex traffickers gains final passage

Georgia senators gave final approval Thursday to legislation that would toughen penalties and fines against sex traffickers.

Senate Bill 8 and the accompanying Senate Resolution 7 would require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders, and pay into a new Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to help victims with housing, health care and other services.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Renee Unterman of Buford, is known as the Safe Harbor/Rachel’s Law Act in honor of a sex trafficking victim who testified during a hearing earlier in the legislative session.