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4 J. Marshall L.J. 177 (2011)
Time for Chance: Handling Child Prostitution Cases in Georgia

handle is hein.journals/jmlwj4 and id is 179 raw text is: TIME FOR CHANGE: HANDLING CHILD PROSTITUTION CASES
IN GEORGIA
I.    INTRODUCTION        ........................................ 177
II.    LEGAL FRAMEWORK        ........................................ 181
A. Current Georgia Law   .................................. 181
B. The Child Protection and Public Safety Act............................... 184
III.   CURRENT TRENDS AND PROPOSED CHANGES ........................ 186
A. Juvenile Offenders Are Less Culpable than Adult Offenders..... 187
B. Children Cannot Consent to Sex............        .......... 190
C. Federal Funding     ............................................ 194
D. Safe Harbor Legislation in Georgia............     ........ 195
IV.    CONCLUSION       .............................................. 200
1. INTRODUCTION
In Atlanta, a girl is raped for profit-through forced
prostitution-every fifty-four seconds on Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday.' In fact, Georgia's capital city is among the top
three cities in the United States for child prostitution.2 The
commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) has been,
and continues to be, a major problem across Georgia, the United
States, and the world. Although it is difficult to track the
figures due to unreported offenses, estimates suggest between
300,000 and 800,000 children are sexually exploited in the
1. J. Gerald Harris, Atlanta: A Center of Sexual Exploitation?, THE
CHRISTIAN      INDEX     (July     30,     2009),    available     at
http://www.christianindex.org/5678.article (referencing a speech made by
Mary Frances Bowley, President of Wellspring Living, a residential
rehabilitative facility for sexually exploited girls).
2. Id.

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