Politics

Fighting Child Sex Trafficking By Penalizing Adult Entertainment?

Attorney Kirsten Widner explains why she thinks child sex trafficking and adult entertainment venues are linked.
Attorney Kirsten Widner explains why she thinks child sex trafficking and adult entertainment venues are linked.
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On the surface, legislation aimed at fighting child sex trafficking in Georgia sounds like a great idea … unless you’re part of the adult entertainment industry that would be levied a penalty fee of $5,000 or 1 percent of gross earnings. Victim advocates and other supporters of two measures in the state legislature, SR 7 and SB 8, say child sex trafficking often takes place in or around adult entertainment clubs. But Alan Begner, the attorney who represents several clubs, told “A Closer Look” he doesn’t believe there’s a connection between adult entertainment venues and child sex trafficking. 

Atlanta Attorney Kirsten Widner disagrees. She has worked to combat child abuse and child sex trafficking in the city. Listen to why Widner believes the two industries are linked.

Listen to Kirsten Widner's interview on “A Closer Look”

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