Carr Recognizes National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Provides Update on Work of the Human Trafficking Unit and Georgia Efforts
ATLANTA – Attorney General Chris Carr is joining a group of federal, state and local government agencies and advocacy organizations in recognizing National Human Trafficking Awareness Month during January.
“Our office takes this crime and our role in protecting the vulnerable from this scourge very seriously,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “Our Human Trafficking Unit works tirelessly to rescue victims and bring criminals to justice. I want to commend them for the job that they do and highlight their recent activities. We also want to acknowledge the invaluable support and partnerships with the Governor and First Lady Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly.”
The Human Trafficking Unit works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases. Currently, the Human Trafficking Unit is working a dozen pending human sex trafficking cases and the Unit has begun the office’s first labor trafficking case. More highlights follow:
On December 14, 2020, we were pleased to announce indictments in DeKalb County.
A summary of the charges against two individuals in the announcement:
- Trayon Moore did knowingly harbor and provide a person under the age of 18, for the purpose of sexual servitude; 1 count of Trafficking Persons for Sexual Servitude, O.C.G.A. 16-5-46 (c)(2).
- Tyler Robinson did knowingly solicit a person under the age of 18, for the purpose of sexual servitude; 1 count of Trafficking Persons for Sexual Servitude, O.C.G.A. 16-5-46 (c)(2).
As we continue to move forward into 2021, the Unit is prioritizing cases and placing a focus on:
- Rescuing children and other victims of human trafficking
- Charging buyers as well as sellers
- Charging gang cases
- Assisting rural jurisdictions that lack resources
- Expanding scope to include labor trafficking
We are more impactful with support and partnerships. While the number of partners is too numerous to list, we especially want to recognize:
- U.S. Marshals Office
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)
- Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)
- Multiple local jurisdictions
- Multiple Victim Services Organizations Including: Wellspring, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, House of Cherith, Out of Darkness
- The GRACE Commission
- U.S. Department of Justice
Resources to support victims ARE critical. When we set up the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, we hired a victim advocate to provide support and connect victims to services. In addition, our office (pursuant to new legislation) created forms for vacatur/record restriction for victims that are available online HERE. The page also describes legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by the Governor. Also, please CLICK HERE for a list of resources, including the new Georgia Human Trafficking hotline number for citizens and victims.
Additionally, resources to support investigations and prosecutions are critical. In partnership with CJCC, our office was awarded a grant to implement invocative technological solutions for prosecuting human trafficking. CLICK HERE for an overview of the grant.
Thanks to Governor and First Lady Kemp’s leadership, training to recognize Human Trafficking is available to State employees as well as the general public HERE.