Not Ashamed to Share to How I Will Vote


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I have never used social media to broadcast how I would vote. Yet, this year’s General Election Ballot has an unusual magnetism, compelling me to enlist others in voting for the only right choice.

It is not what you think. The presidential election has overwhelmingly garnered our attention. However, in the State of Georgia there will be one final item at the end of the ballot on which you must act. Even if you don’t want to go to the polls to cast a vote for a presidential candidate, this one issue will provide the motivation to once again earn your “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker.

If you continue through your ballot past the presidential candidates to the end, this is what you will read:

“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional penalties for criminal cases in which a person is adjudged guilty of keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, pandering, pandering by compulsion, solicitation of sodomy, masturbation for hire, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, or sexual exploitation of children and to allow assessments on adult entertainment establishments to fund the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative and social services for individuals in this state who have been or may be sexually exploited.”

The answer—the bipartisan answer—is YES.

Why YES?

Children who have been trafficked often suffer from debilitating suicidal thoughts, broken relationship, physical abuse, malnutrition and severe shame and psychological damage. The cost of recovery for just one child can be as much as $80,000 a year.  Voting YES provides the opportunity to create a dedicated source of funding that will provide restorative services like safe housing, trauma counseling and medical treatment to child victims of sex trafficking.

The funding will come from two sources: One, additional penalties on convicted sex traffickers. Second, a new fee on the adult entertainment industry.

Early in my awareness of sex trafficking in Georgia, I learned that sex trafficking of children was closely linked to Adult Entertainment. Where Adult Entertainment flourishes, so does trafficking. Therefore, it is only right that those contributing to the harm done to these children be forced to fund the recovery for these children.

By adding the Safe Harbor fund to the state constitution, funds will be permanently protected and used solely for the purpose of providing restorative services to child victims. It is estimated that the fund will provide up to $2 million annually for these restorative services.

For the Sake of These Children

safeharbor_boxlogo_amend_lgrAnyone who is concerned about the welfare, healing and restoration of these young survivors of sex trafficking will vote YES on the election ballot to create the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund.

Please join me in voting YES on November 8.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer D'Amico on September 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Yes, Yes, Yes!! With you 100%

    Reply

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