The Georgia Senate passes human trafficking laws
SB 33 and SB 34 are now supposed to go to the Georgia House of Representatives.
ATLANTA – – The Georgia State Senate on Thursday approved two measures designed to help trafficking survivors.
The first bill would allow victims to sue their traffickers or anyone else who has benefited from their abuse in a civil court.
The second law would create a new exception in Georgian law for trafficking survivors to request a change of legal name under Siegel instead of requiring them to publish public notices in their local newspaper.
“”[We] Had an incident in my district a few years ago where a young lady was forced by a human trafficking gang and lured to a nearby hotel [I-85] in my district, “recalled Senator Clint Dixon, R-Buford.” They drugged her and she was only hours away from being shipped out of the county and state when our local sheriff’s department got a tip, raided the room, and saved this young lady. If this bill had been law at the time, it would have been of great benefit to her and her family as they had to change their names and move out of the state. “
Sen. Dixon is the primary sponsor of both laws that he runs on behalf of Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp.
“I am grateful for Senator Clint Dixon’s leadership in enforcing meaningful anti-trafficking laws. SB 33 and SB 34 are important reforms in support of survivors, and we are proud to announce that both are bipartisan support in the Senate received and will continue to work. ” the house, “tweeted Marty Kemp on Thursday afternoon.
Both bills were passed unanimously by the Senate and must now go to the House, where both parties are expected to support them.
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