ATLANTA - In a new book, former President Jimmy Carter says women do not receive the respect or leadership roles they deserve.
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston talked with Carter about how, locally, we could do better to improve the balance of power.
Carter told Huddleston that sexism is bad in Atlanta and more needs to be done about the inequality.
Carter said, "I think our basic religion proves that women should not ever be treated inferior, but some people distort Bible verses to prove their point." He continued, “Jesus Christ never said one thing that women were inferior to men.”
In addition to inequality, Carter says Atlanta women face an even larger problem; sex trafficking. He says that nearly 300 young women come through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to become sex slaves in America. The U.S. State Department says using women as sex slaves is a $32 billion U.S. industry.
Carter says that's one of the reasons he wrote a book about the treatment of women. Carter suggested to Huddleston that if enough prominent men in Atlanta get arrested, the sex trafficking
business will be reduced.
Carter will share more of his thoughts about the disparity between men and women at 6 p.m. Wednesday
at a book signing at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.