House Bill 732 won the approval of the House of Representatives 163-0, and the Senate 51-0.
“Every month in Georgia, 354 minors are sold for sex to 7,200 men,” Carr said in a news release Tuesday. “Including ‘repeat transactions,’ these men pay for an estimated 8,770 sex acts per month. This abuse is appalling and must be stopped. I am grateful for the General Assembly’s overwhelming, bipartisan support of House Bill 732—which will update the state’s definition of human trafficking to include those who patronize.”
Carr commended Rep. Deborah Silcox, R-Sandy Springs, and Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, for shepherding the bill through the Legislature. “We are confident that this bill will send a strong message to buyers,” Carr said.
The announcement came bearing the ”Demand an End” logo representing Carr’s initiative against human trafficking.
In addition, Carr singled out for appreciation other member of the General Assembly “for their support and leadership” on the bill: Rep. Christian Coomer, R-Cartersville; Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta; Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton; and Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna.