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Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In 2001, a Barton Center law student drafted the law that made the pimping of a minor a felony offense instead of a misdemeanor offense. In the ten years since then, the Barton Center's work to protect child victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation has included publications to assist in the prosecution of adults who victimize children; legislation to ensure that child victims are treated as victims and not perpetrators; participation in numerous local, state, and national coalitions and initiatives related to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children; and providing training and technical assistance for state agencies, service providers, law enforcement, community groups, and lawyers about this specific type of child abuse.

Publications

Improving Offender Accountability in CSEC Cases: Tools for Investigating and Prosecuting Adult Exploiters - 2nd edition
Authors: Darlene Lynch, Kosha Tucker, and Kirsten Widner
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2012

Compendium of Criminal Laws on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Review of Federal and State Laws for Prosecuting Offenders - 2nd edition
Authors: Darlene Lynch and Kirsten Widner
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2012

This report provides a comprehensive list of Georgia and federal criminal laws that are commonly violated during the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Statues and related case law are current through March 2012.

Improving Offender Accountability in CSEC Cases: Tools for Investigating and Prosecuting Adult Exploiters
Authors: Darlene Lynch, Kosha Tucker, and Kirsten Widner
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2011

This toolkit helps prosecutors build successful cases against adults who victimize children through commercial sexual exploitation. The language is specific to Georgia but the concepts and tools are applicable to all states. Federal jurisdiction over these crimes is addressed in the toolkit.

Addressing the "Demand" Side of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Review of Federal and State Laws for Prosecuting Offenders
Authors: Darlene Lynch and Kirsten Widner
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2010

The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) generally occurs in combination with other crimes. Recognizing the interconnections between these crimes can lead to more effective prosecutions and lengthier sentences for those who exploit children. This report provides a comprehensive list of Georgia and federal criminal laws that are commonly violated during CSEC. It contains a detailed chart explaining how different types of crimes relate to CSEC, outlining the elements of each crime and the associated penalties, and providing citations to the criminal statutes and relevant case law interpreting those statutes.  Finally, it analyzes Georgia's statutes to identify opportunities to amend Georgia law to better deter those who would exploit children and punish those who have.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Georgia: Service Delivery and Legislative Recommendations for State and Local Policy Makers
Authors: Darlene Lynch and Kirsten Widner
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2008

The exploitation of children through prostitution is big business in Atlanta, and changing that situation was a priority during Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin’s terms in office. In 2005, the Mayor’s office published a paper titled Hidden In Plain View which explained the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of young girls in Atlanta, brought the importance of addressing the issue home by providing stories of real victims, and identified Atlanta’s strengths and areas of need related to this problem. This 2008 paper builds on that foundation, and expands the scope to include all child victims, including boys, across Georgia. It examines approaches taken by other jurisdictions to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and makes legislative and policy recommendations for addressing the problem in Georgia.

Pimping Pandering Legislative Comparison
Author: Stephen Fusco
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2001

In 2001, the pimping of a minor was a misdemeanor criminal offense in Georgia. During the 2001 legislative session, four bills were introduced to make pimping a minor and pandering a minor felony offenses. This paper analyzes the bills, raises critical policy questions, and provides examples from other states' statutes.

External Resources

The American Bar Association 2009 publication, Meeting the Legal Needs of Child Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Children’s Attorneys & Advocates, is an important and timely resource for attorneys representing child trafficking victims. This publication was developed pursuant to a generous grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund, as part of a collaborative effort by several ABA entities aiming to provide attorneys with leadership and training to better represent victims of human trafficking.


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