State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) is slated to speak Oct. 11 at the Dunwoody Woman’s Club about human trafficking.

State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford).
State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford).

The meeting will be at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Those attending are asked to enter on the Manhasset Drive side of the church.

People interested in the event are asked to RVSP to for a count.
Unterman is a longtime victims’ rights advocate who has pushed for stronger human trafficking laws in Georgia.

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 8 into Georgia law. Sponsored by Unterman, the bill focuses on ending the sexual exploitation of minors and establishes more severe punishments for those found guilty of human trafficking.

“The new law will allow children who have been victimized by sex trafficking to be treated as victims—not criminals,” according to a state Senate press release.

In November, voters will vote on a constitutional amendment, the Safe Harbor Law, that would allow the Georgia General Assembly to set additional penalties or fees in cases where a person is found guilty of severe sex crimes. These crimes include keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, pandering, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, or sexual exploitation of children.

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.