HB200 – Trafficking Bill
HB200 – The Anti-Human Trafficking Bill
Through coalition-based advocacy, youthSpark supported the unanimous passage of HB200. Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill into law in May of 2011.
HB200 is considered a critical victory for youth trafficking in Georgia, as it targets buyers and facilitators of sexual trafficking. As we now recognize commercial child sex trafficking (CSEC) functions according to the economic laws of supply and demand, HB200 increases the penalties for demand, a critical need in reducing CSEC in Georgia.
Key Provisions of HB200:
- Expands the definition of coercion in the human trafficking statute to include causing or threatening harm.
- Prohibits defense by blood relation—such as parents exploiting children, or by marriage—such as a husband exploiting a wife.
- Significantly increases penalties to buyers of children:
- If the victim is younger than 18 and older than 16, the crime is a felony and punishable by 5-20 years in prison and a fine of $2,500 to $10,000.
- If the victim is under 16 years old, the crime is a felony and punishable by 10-30 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
- Treats those in sexual servitude as victims not criminals and offers them recovery under the state crime victim’s fund.
- Allows the state to seize property a trafficker bought with the proceeds of the crime.
- Requires law enforcement to receive training on how to relate to human trafficking victims.