Rachel’s Law/Safe Harbor Act

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Rachel’s Law/Safe Harbor Act

Rachel met her 30+ year old trafficker online when she was 17 years old. Her trafficker and his female accomplice took over life. She has shifted from victim to survivor, and advocates to protect and empower youth.
 
Kids like Rachel should never be arrested for being a victim of sex trafficking.
 
As a youth trafficking survivor, she testified in front of the Georgia Assembly to tighten Georgia’s sex trafficking laws. Georgia Senate Bill 8 and Senate Resolution 7 (2015) is named in her honor. Passage of Rachel’s Law reflects the efforts of bi-partisan, coalition-based efforts, including the bill’s sponsor, Senator Renee Underman, Representative Andy Welsh, and Representative Chuck Efstration.
 

Key Provisions

  • Requires the development of a statewide plan for the coordinated delivery of services to sexually exploited and trafficked children.
  • Establishes a Sexually Exploited Children Fund Commission using fines from convicted traffickers.
  • Improves the legal standing of youth who have been identified as sex trafficking victims.
  • Extends the statute of limitations for the victims of child sex trafficking to file civil actions against their traffickers to age 25.
  • Expands forfeiture and seizure laws related to sex trafficking and related offenses– allowing any proceeds from trafficking, and the vehicles operated by a person who is guilty of trafficking, to be subject to forfeiture to the state.
  • Amends the State Sexual Offender Registry to now include convicted offenders of trafficking a person for sexual servitude.
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