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DECISION 2016: Understanding Amendment 2

Voters should know about each of the four amendments that will be on the November ballot. (Source: WALB) Voters should know about each of the four amendments that will be on the November ballot. (Source: WALB)
Amendment 2 would add financial penalties for sex crimes. (Source: WALB) Amendment 2 would add financial penalties for sex crimes. (Source: WALB)
Mary Martinez (Source: WALB) Mary Martinez (Source: WALB)
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There are four constitutional amendments residents will see on the ballot this year in Georgia.

MORE: What to expect on the ballot when you head to the polls

Amendment 2 would add financial penalties for sex crimes.

The money would fund services for children who experienced sex trafficking. 

In Albany, the Lily Pad helps sexual assault victims but refers sex trafficking cases to Georgia Cares in Atlanta. 

"On average 7,200 men are buying girls and boys to do sexual acts on them. It's child molestations and unfortunately we just don't have the means or the funding to battle that," explained Lily Pad SANE Center Executive Director Mary Martinez.

The amendment would also add fees for strip clubs.

A yes vote would support adding those fees and penalties to support the sexually exploited children fund. 

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