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June 18, 2013
Sex Trafficking in Atlanta
State House Approves Human Trafficking Study Commission: A Talk with Sen. Renee Unterman, the Senate Sponsor Atlanta, GA (2012-02-09) Continuing WABE's coverage of the fight against child sex trafficking in Georgia: This week, the State House approved HR 1151, which creates the Joint Human Trafficking Study Commission. It will look at Georgia's recent efforts to prosecute child sex traffickers, and it will also examine the growing problem of human trafficking for forced labor. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), who will sponsor the resolution in the Senate.
GBI Shifting Resources to Fight Child Sex Trafficking: A Talk with GBI Director Vernon Keenan Atlanta, GA (2012-01-27) Continuing WABE's coverage of the fight against child sex trafficking in Georgia: Last year, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, a new law to crack down on child sex trafficking. The bill gave the GBI new powers and duties to go after people who traffic children for sex. But now, it's budget time. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with GBI director Vernon Keenan, about whether the Governor's proposed fiscal 2013 budget gives the GBI any new funds to enforce the new law.
Actress Julia Ormond Talks With Rose Scott About Fighting Trafficking & Slavery Atlanta, GA (2011-11-10) Actress Julia Ormond, known for her roles in "Legends of the Fall," "Sabrina" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button recently was in Atlanta to talk about her efforts to end human trafficking and modern day slavery. When Ormond spoke with WABE's Rose Scott, she began their conversation talking about balancing her work as an actress and activist.
Global Women's Initiative in Atlanta Atlanta, GA (2011-09-30) Naomi Tutu, Swanee Hunt keynote speakers at event. Hunt, former ambassador to Austria, talks about global effort to combat human sex trafficking.
GBI Director Vernon Keenan Says Georgia's New Human Trafficking Law Already Shows Results Atlanta, GA (2011-08-05) It's been a month since Gov. Nathan Deal signed a new law, with much tougher punishments for people engaged in human trafficking, especially the sexual exploitation of children. At a recent summit on human trafficking, held at Georgia State University, GBI director Vernon Keenan told WABE's Denis O'Hayer that, since the law went into effect, the GBI has set up a specialized unit to investigate human trafficking, and has started to see results.
Human Trafficking Summit In Georgia Part 3: Resources For The Rescued Atlanta, GA (2011-08-04) The last two days WABE has aired news reports on the first ever statewide summit on human trafficking in Georgia. Officials from the federal to local level advocates, politicians and survivors all came together to educate and empower those working to stop a major issue. But what challenges still exist? WABE's Rose Scott reports.
Human Trafficking Summit In Georgia Part 2: Atrocities of Amador Cortez-Mesa Atlanta, GA (2011-08-04) Monday officials from the federal to local level advocates and politicians all came together for the first time for a summit on human trafficking in Georgia. Attendees heard direct accounts from victims forced into prostitution. WABE's Rose Scott reports on a sex trafficking ring which imported girls and women from outside the United States. A WARNING, the following story contains descriptions of abuse and may be unsuitable for some listeners.
Human Trafficking Summit In Georgia: Eric's Daughter Atlanta, GA (2011-08-01) Monday, August 1st in Atlanta for the first time, law enforcement officials from the federal to local level, advocates and politicians came together for a summit on combating human trafficking in Georgia. A major goal was to educate attendees on identifying signs that someone is being trafficked. As WABE's Rose Scott reports, there were survivor stories and those that ended tragically. A WARNING, the following story contains descriptions of abuse and may be unsuitable for some listeners.
British Author Rachel Lloyd On Life As A Young Sex Worker Atlanta, GA (2011-07-20) Rachel Lloyd is fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale. That's part of the subtitle to her book, Girls Like Us. It's about her journey in helping girls who are sexually exploited. Recently Lloyd spoke with WABE's Rose Scott about her own experience as a young sex worker. A word of caution, the interview contains descriptions of abuse and may not be suitable for all listeners. Their conversation begins with Lloyd recounting her childhood:
A Conversation with Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal. She's Made the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking One of Her Priorities Atlanta, GA (2011-07-11) Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal has decided to make the fight against child sex trafficking one of her priorities during her time in the Governor's Mansion. As part of WABE's continuing coverage of the issue, Denis O'Hayer spoke with the First Lady at the Mansion.