Sex Trafficking

A major campaign is underway to stop human trafficking in Georgia.


First lady Marty Kemp is the co-chair of the newly formed Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion and Education, or GRACE, commission.


Kemp Signs Multiple Sex Trafficking Bills

Apr 18, 2019
Gov. Brian Kemp poses with a red X on his hand to raise awareness for the "End It Movement" aimed at combating sex trafficking.
Office of The Governor

Gov. Brian Kemp signed three bills into law this Thursday morning aimed at curbing human trafficking and safeguarding victims in the state.

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First Lady Marty Kemp announces the creation of a sex trafficking commission at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
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First lady Marty Kemp announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at combating human trafficking in the state.

Speaking in the governor’s office, Kemp announced the creation of the Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion and Education, or GRACE Commission. The commission will be chaired by the first lady along with GBI Director Vic Reynolds and Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones.

Kemp spoke about her time traveling the state on the campaign trail and hearing about Georgians’ concerns.

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Seventy-two school buses rolled through the streets of Atlanta Wednesday to raise awareness about sex trafficking. The event was held by Street Grace which seeks to draw more attention to the issue.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation

Every month approximately 374 girls are sexually exploited in Georgia. On average, they are 12-14 years old.

Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Atlanta office collaborated with nearly 40 local law enforcement agencies to rescue 148 missing children who had become victims of human trafficking. Some were as young as three years old. 

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Georgia ranks near the top nationally for having the most human trafficking cases.

Data compiled by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center shows that this year alone, Georgia has the seventh highest rate of cases. Most involve sex trafficking.

Legislation is working its way through Congress to give prosecutors and sex trafficking victims a way to take legal action against websites, like, that welcome ads for prostitutes. However, some companies worry this measure could hurt the tech industry.

Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force

"Comfort Women" refers to the women and girls trafficked by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. This was one of the largest known cases of human trafficking in modern history. A memorial was slated for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, but it backed out in March.


There were two big stories that made headlines involving sex trafficking in Georgia last week.  In Savannah, a man was convicted of 19 counts of child sex trafficking. 

In Sandy Springs, police broke up a human-trafficking operation inside a million dollar home. Eight women were rescued and one man was arrested in connection with the crime.


Atlanta has a reputation as one of the worst sex-trafficking hubs in the country. But how widespread is the problem?

Editor's note: This report contains accounts of rape, violence and other disturbing events.

Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Atlanta consistently ranks high among sex trafficking hubs in America.


If you begin to see an a growing unfamiliar faces in your neighborhood, US Attorney Edward Tarver says don’t ignore it. You could be a witness to sex trafficking.


The Center for Public policy studies calls Georgia a major human trafficking destination.


Two years ago 12 victims were rescued from a sex trafficking that spanned from Mexico to Savannah.