You all know where I stand on the ideological spectrum both socially and fiscally. So let me talk to my own kind for just a minute.
Dear social conservative/Christian groups opposed to Renee Untermann: are you out of your ever living mind? The sheer dumbassery by which you guys are attacking Renee Unterman’s legislation suggests you have ceded your right to comment on any social issue due to total ignorance of the real world beyond your gated communities and country clubs.
Are you freaking serious?
Do you guys even practice what you preach anymore?
Let me tell you, I’m on a city council in Georgia where I see the effects of sex slavery first hand in a burgeoning “asian spa” industry. And there are kids being kidnapped against their will and forced to work in these places. And they have the crap scared out of them. They are told that they will be arrested and thrown in jail if they say anything. So they don’t. They don’t seek help. They don’t escape.
Because in fact they will be arrested. And you guys want to keep it that way.
So you don’t think 14 year olds should be having sex. You say they can’t consent. If someone has sex with a 14 year old, you want that person arrested. But if a 14 year old is forced into sex slavery and prostitutes themselves, all of a sudden you think they can consent and should be arrested?
Your opposition disgust me on this. Shame on you. Shame on you.
We must part ways on this issue. And I hope the Georgia Legislature will pass Senator Untermann’s legislation. I am opposed to prostitution on legal and moral grounds. It should remain illegal. But the propensity of the evidence shows that minors engaged in prostitution are more often than not victims themselves and not willfully engaged in prostitution.
We must eradicate human trafficking — a significant growth industry in Georgia. This legislation will help both to discourage trafficking and rescue children trafficked. It needs to be adopted and signed into law.