Maybe good things really do come to those who wait.
A year ago, a bill designed to help free the hundreds of young girls (and some boys) trapped as sex slaves in Georgia died quietly in the Legislature.
In part, the bill fell to a wrong-headed objection: that changing the law to treat children under 16, who can’t legally consent to sex in Georgia, as victims of child prostitution instead of perpetrators amounted to “de-criminalization.”
But the bill also drew critics who agreed with its goals but feared it might have the unintended consequence of making it harder for police officers to intervene if they saw a likely underage prostitute standing on a street corner.
Now, legislators are back with an even stronger, more far-reaching bill that tackles much more than the problem of child prostitution.
HB 200, introduced this week by Republican Rep. Edward Lindsey of Atlanta with bipartisan support, takes aim at human trafficking — for sexual exploitation as well as other