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October 10, 2016

Election 2016: Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund

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Amendment 2: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional penalties for criminal cases in which a person is adjudged guilty of keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, pandering, pandering by compulsion, solicitation of sodomy, masturbation for hire, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, or sexual exploitation of children and to allow assessments on adult entertainment establishments to fund the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative and social services for individuals in this state who have been or may be sexually exploited?"

Amendment 2 is asking voters to approve the creation of the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund.  If approved, it would also allow for a dedicated revenue source to provide restorative services to child victims of sex trafficking.  These services may include safe housing, trauma counseling and medical treatment to victims.  Dedicated resources to support the Fund will be derived from additional fines and penalties imposed upon individuals found guilty of various sex crimes. These crimes range from prostitution and pimping to sexual exploitation of children.  The amendment further allows for assessments on adult entertainment establishments.

Once collected, the monies in the Safe Harbor Fund will be distributed by an appointed commission.  Members selected by the General Assembly and the governor will be responsible for designating resources to state agencies, faith-based organizations and non-profits providing services and rehabilitation.  The commission also will be responsible for developing guidelines for funding allocation, as well as general oversight of how the funds are spent.

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Report from Georgia Health News.