Human Trafficking

Human trafficking touches every corner of the globe, including our state and local communities. This multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise is considered the fastest-growing illegal industry in the world. Human trafficking involves both commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude, and the average victim is a 6th to 8th grade girl. 

The Georgia Attorney General's Office is committed to protecting the most vulnerable among us and prosecuting those who seek to buy and sell children for sex. 

Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit

In 2019, with the help of Governor Brian Kemp, Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and leaders in the Georgia General Assembly, Attorney General Chris Carr secured the support and resources to create a first-of-its-kind statewide Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit to be housed within the Department of Law. With this Unit, the Attorney General's Office is working more closely, effectively and aggressively with chiefs of police, sheriffs, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, district attorneys, U.S. Attorneys and others to rescue victims and put buyers and sellers behind bars. 

The Unit is complete with dedicated prosecutors, criminal investigators, analysts and a victim advocate – and their work is moving the needle significantly. In 2021 alone, Attorney General Carr's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit initiated 25 cases, arrested nine individuals, investigated and prosecuted 51 defendants, and rescued and assisted 107 victims. In January 2022, the Unit indicted 15 defendants, including nine men charged with soliciting sex from an underage victim. 

During the 2022 legislative session, Attorney General Carr worked with Governor Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly to obtain additional resources to expand this Unit and rescue even more victims.

We will work every single day with all of our law enforcement partners to protect our state’s most vulnerable and put buyers and traffickers behind bars.

Education and Awareness

For a comprehensive overview of human trafficking, Georgians are encouraged to take part in Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp's Human Trafficking Awareness Training. Members of the public should also familiarize themselves with the red flags of human trafficking

Contact the Human Trafficking Hotline

  • If you suspect human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll free at (888) 373-7888.
  • To report suspected human trafficking in Georgia, call the Statewide 24-Hour Human Trafficking Hotline at (866) 363-4842.
  • If you have reason to believe that the victim is in imminent danger, call 911 or your local law enforcement to make a report. 
  • For more information on how to get help for both national and foreign-born victims of human trafficking, please visit www.endhtga.org.

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