State Sen. Renee Unterman, a Republican from Buford, just issued this angry statement:
“I have worked tirelessly for years to protect the children of Georgia from predatory and despicable acts of sexual exploitation and prostitution. I’m severely disappointed and personally insulted that conservative groups I have worked with and supported have chosen to misrepresent all the work I have put into protecting Georgia’s children.
What’s the deal? A YouTube video that accuses her – and state Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Atlanta) – by name and picture of an attempt to decriminalize child prostitution. Her bill (SB 304) would prohibit girls and boys under the age of 16 from being charged with prostitution. Instead, they would be shifted to treatment or counseling.
“These bills will take away police powers to investigate a crime,” the video says — a claim that Unterman and others strongly dispute.
On the other hand, it’s hard to charge a 15-year-old with prostitution when 16 is the legal age of sexual consent in Georgia. We dealt with the topic a week or so ago. Read it here.
The group behind the video is a new one. Something called We Change Atlanta. They’ve also campaigned against mandatory vaccination – and for that ban on microchip implantation that the Senate approved last week. Unterman voted for the bill — as did 46 other senators.
Here’s the group’s take on the child prostitution bills:
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