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'Men are coming to Atlanta to have sex with a child'

Those are the words of LaKendra Baker, project manager for the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation (CEASE). She is talking about the thriving sex tourism business in Georgia. As the Reuters article (via Raw Story) notes, this isn’t happening in well-known locales for this, such as Bangkok or Costa Rica — it’s happening in Jeebus country.

In a sleazy hotel room, “Brittany,” then aged 16 and drugged into oblivion, waited for the men to arrive. Her pimps sent as many as 17 clients an evening through the door.

A “john” could even pre-book the pretty young blonde for $1,000 a night, sometimes flying in and then flying out from a nearby airport.

…It took place in Atlanta, the buckle of the U.S. Bible Belt, where the world’s busiest passenger airport provides a cheaper, more convenient and safer underage sex destination for men seeking girls as young as 10.

Men fly in, are met by pimps, have sex with a 14-year-old for lunch, and get home in time for dinner with the family,” said Sanford Jones, the chief juvenile judge of Fulton County, Georgia.

A new federal law passed in 2003 ensures that American sex tourists landing on foreign soil and hiring prostitutes under the age of 18 can get 30 years in prison. But in Georgia, punishment for pimping or soliciting sex with a girl under 18 is only five to 20 years, according to Deborah Espy, the Deputy District Attorney of Fulton County.

The more you read, the worse it gets. It’s hard to get through the entire article.

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