Top Georgia officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr, have announced the creation of a new Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit that will operate under the Georgia Department of Law.
"One victim of human trafficking in the state of Georgia is one too many,” said Kemp at a Friday press conference. “Marty [Georgia's First Lady] and I are dedicated to ending this horrific crime which is why we worked with members of the General Assembly to prioritize funding for the creation of this unit. Starting January 1, Attorney General Carr will have the resources he needs to crack down on this industry and make sure that buyers and traffickers know Georgia is a hostile environment for those who seek to abuse our children."
According to plans, the Human Trafficking Unit will be comprised of the following positions:
• Senior Prosecutor
• Junior Prosecutor
• Criminal Investigator
• Crime Analyst
• Victim Advocate
• Administrative Assistant
"We are excited to build this Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit with dedicated staff who will work every day to protect our state’s most vulnerable and put buyers and traffickers behind bars," said Carr. "These resources are critically important, and we are grateful to Governor and First Lady Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly for making our unit a priority in the FY 2020 budget."
The unit will be housed within the Attorney General’s Prosecution Division, working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases.