…steer girls under the age of 16 into diversionary programs instead of arresting them as prostitutes.
“This bill makes sure people are aware that young girls are victims,” Unterman said. “A 12-year-old laying on her back don’t know what sex is.”
Unterman – who has championed the rights of young girls – said the bill has been around for at least two years. She said she revisited it because a plan is now in place to rehabilitate the young prostitutes. The age of consent in Georgia is 16.
Unterman said her bill would help create a system of care for the girls while educating the public and those who come in contact with the young girls. It would impact girls getting pimped out on the streets, as well as girls working in massage parlors.
Several hundred people showed up at the Capitol today in support of the bill and to raise awareness on this issue.
Yet somehow a few leading Christian activist oppose Unterman’s effort. We’ll dismiss the rantings of former Senator Nancy Schaefer because…, well because it’s Nancy Schaefer. Sue Ella Deadwyler, who writes a rather influential newsletter took up the lunatic mantle claiming Unterman wants to legalize child prostitution.
“Decriminalizing that means the police would have absolutely no interest in it at all,” said Sue Ella Deadwyler, who writes a Christian conservative newsletter. “They wouldn’t arrest the girls, they wouldn’t pick the girls up, they wouldn’t protect them from influence on the street from the pimps and the johns. It would be an absolute cultural upheaval in our state. Never in the United States, as far as I known, has juvenile prostitution been legalized.”
That is an outrageous statement which should be retracted immediately. Unterman desires no such thing and her bill would absolutely not legalize child prostitution. Deadwyler should take a few minutes to actually speak with people who work with these girls, and how they suggest we help them. Deadwyler could start right here.
These girls often times have been kidnapped, taken far from their homes (many times from their home countries), raped and kept in a drug induced haze in order to keep them compliant. Simply arresting them and throwing them in jail will not help them, and it will not solve the problem. Furthermore the pimps and johns would still face prosecution under Unterman’s bill. How any rational person could claim this is legalization of child prostitution is beyond me.
I hope people will ignore the rantings of Deadwyler and Schaefer and pass Unterman’s bill. I for one will no longer pay attention to anything Deadwyler and Schaefer have to say. They do not speak for me.