ATLANTA — Atlanta’s new mayor says she is committed to stopping the spread of human trafficking in the city.
Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday morning where she unveiled a new media campaign.
Bottoms announced the creation of a new job in her office that focuses solely on the issue. She revealed her staff will also roll out a full-blown media campaign
“There are people who are buying children for sex. It’s slavery, and it’s wrong on so many levels, and we just have zero tolerance for it,” Bottoms said.
The average sex trafficking victim is a 12 to 14-year-old girl, according to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.
“The more of us that are looking, and if something doesn’t look right, to go and tell a law enforcement official, that’s where we start really helping them, and it’s a game changer when we do,” Carr said.
January has been designated Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
The news conference was held at the busiest airport in the world because criminals and trafficked children fly through there.
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