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GA Attorney General launches anti-sex trafficking campaign

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A new PSA from the Georgia Department of Law has a message for Georgia sex traffickers. It's a movement cracking down on offenders.

"If you're going to be involved in the sex of our children, we're going after you," said Attorney General Sam Olen. "We're going after you hard."

This week Olen launched "Georgia's Not Buying It," a campaign to combat child sex trafficking. He says the state has increased a sex trafficker's sentence from eight to ten years to 25 to life.

A 2009 study found more than 12,000 men in Georgia buy sex from young girls in a given month, and Augusta is no exception.

Director of Mercy Ministries, Fran Oliver says right now she's helping a young girl transition from a lifestyle of sex and drugs. She says it's a vicious cycle that she sees far too often in Augusta.

"These pretty young girls, they're out here on the street trying to live and they're quickly scooped up by unscrupulous people that use them," Oliver said.

In an effort to stop sex trafficking in the state, the initiative isn't focused on the pimps or the people who sell young girls for sex, instead it focuses on the buyers.

Young girls they run up and say, 'You got $50 for some *bleep*?"said Guy Stewart.

Stewart says he's been approached by several young women when getting off of work around midnight; proof there is a problem, not just in other places around the country, but right here in our community too.

"We've got to get the message out that our children are not for sale," Olen said.

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