ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A nationwide campaign has now launched in Georgia to stop human trafficking.
Three hundred and fifty-four children are sold for sex every month here in Georgia alone.
Attorney General Chris Carr spearheaded his own campaign to work to end child sex trafficking — an initiative now taking effect across the nation.
“The ultimate goal needs to be to protect Georgians,” Carr said.
The motivation behind a nation-wide initiative launched right here in Georgia to stop human sex trafficking.
“When you have vulnerable populations, like children in this particular case, somebody needs to stand up and say ‘absolutely not.’ Zero tolerance in the state of Georgia,” Carr said.
“Demand an End,” the new campaign Carr launched along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and a nonprofit called Street Grace.
While it’s making it’s way across the country, Carr said his main priority is the children right here in the state.
“You have to prosecute those that are selling children," the attorney general added. “You’ve got to restore and rehabilitate the victims and those children are victims they’re not criminals.”
Carr said the campaign relies on partnerships between his office and local law enforcement in communities across the state.
“Great collaboration. Whatever it takes to make sure adults are not buying and selling children for sex,” Carr said.
“Demand an End” works to train law enforcement on how to best recognize sex trafficking, encourages courts to aggressively prosecute sex trafficking cases and of course, help the children.
“We’re talking about domestic minor sex trafficking, so that’s adults that are buying children for sex,” Carr said.
More initiatives from the Attorney General’s office:
Georgia’s anti-gang network initiative has a new partner, recently appointed GBI Director Vic Reynolds.
Carr said his office’s initiative is the first time U.S. attorneys, federal, state and local partners sit in the same room to discuss the issue of gangs.
Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Reynolds to the new director seat back in February.
Carr’s initiative will work with Reynolds to create a gang-task force within the GBI.
“Going to be a great initiative to be able to work with local communities, with DAs, with sheriffs and police departments around the state," Carr said. "I think it’s going to be fantastic and we look forward to standing in the fight.”
Carr’s office will work with the district attorney’s offices in communities across South Georgia, like Dougherty County, to prosecute more gang crime cases.